2020 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2020 11:06:39 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] PFAS: "Bad News for Chesapeake Bay Seafood Lovers"
Bad News for Chesapeake Bay Seafood Lovers
Rockfish, crabs, and oysters are highly contaminated with PFAS 

By Pat Elder
Military Poisons
November 23, 2020

Testing done in October 2020 showed rockfish containing 23,100 parts per trillion (ppt) of a variety of per-and-poly fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) , crabs containing 6,650 ppt, and oysters having 2,070 ppt of the toxins. The rockfish was caught in Cornfield Harbor in the Potomac River and the oyster and crab were collected from St. Inigoes Creek in Saint Mary’s County.  Public health officials say people should not be consuming more than 1 part per trillion of these toxins per day.

The seafood was taken from waters that are close to the Webster Outlying Field of the Patuxent River Naval Air Station where the chemicals were used in firefighting exercises over many years. The findings are alarming because the Department of Defense reports greater use of PFAS at several much larger military installations throughout the Chesapeake watershed.   A seafood platter containing oysters, crab, and rockfish with these levels of toxins is a danger to public health, especially for women who may be pregnant.


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Lenny Siegel
Executive Director
Center for Public Environmental Oversight
A project of the Pacific Studies Center
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