Blood tests offered to Westhampton Beach residents exposed to contaminated wells

Officials announced that they will be offering biomonitoring blood tests to Westhampton Beach residents living near Francis S. Gabreski Airport.

Officials announced that they will be offering biomonitoring blood tests to Westhampton Beach residents living near Francis S. Gabreski Airport. (3/20/17)

WESTHAMPTON BEACH - Additional assistance is being offered to Westhampton Beach residents who may have been exposed to health risks because of contaminated well water.

As News 12 has reported, toxic chemicals used in firefighting foam at Gabreski Airport have been found in the private water wells of some nearby homes. Over 100 families were hooked up to public water.

The state Department of Health will now be offering free blood testing and monitoring for residents in the area.

The toxin, known as PFOS, has been linked to several cancers and debilitating diseases. An attorney representing some of the affected homeowners says the offer of blood testing is long overdue.

Officials say the toxic foam has been used at the airport for years, and environmentalists are worried that the level of contamination may actually be larger than originally thought. They say as many people as possible need to get tested.

"There are serious health risks and concerns, so the more cautious we can be and the more people get tested... the better off we are," says Adrienne Esposito, of Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

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Westhampton Beach Blood Testing

People with questions about the blood testing initiative in the West Hampton Beach area with a private well may call 518-402-7950 or email BEOE@health.ny.gov for additional information. 

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