CDC and ATSDR are hosting two online information sessions to provide an update on the ongoing work across all eight exposure assessment sites.

Lubbock County (TX) near Reese Technology Center

Cotton field at sunrise in Texas

Background

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) will begin an exposure assessment of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water near the former Reese Air Force Base (AFB). The assessment will focus on an area where many private wells were found to have PFAS levels above federal or state guidelines. As a part of this assessment, we will recruit participants and conduct blood and urine testing. 

The Air Force used Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) at the former Reese AFB, which led to PFAS within the foam seeping into the groundwater. The Air Force discontinued use of AFFF following base closure in 1997. The base has since been converted into a business and research park, the Reese Technology Center. 

The Air Force first measured PFAS in drinking water from private wells in the area in September 2017 and began sampling wells downgradient from the former base in November 2017. The Air Force installed whole-house treatment systems in affected homes and supplied bottled water. Based on information available to ATSDR, all households tested by the Air Force now have a drinking water supply that meets federal and state PFAS guidelines. 

Sampling Area 

CDC/ATSDR has identified an area where many private wells had PFAS levels above state or federal guidelines. All households served by private wells in this area will be invited to participate, even if their previous well testing results were below the federal guidelines and even if they have never tested their private wells. The exposure assessment will only consider households served by private wells.  Residences served by the Lubbock Water Department will not be included because they have a different source of drinking water. 

Individuals in selected households will be eligible to participate if they: 

  • Are 3 years of age or older (Children will be included in the exposure assessment only if we have consent from a parent or legal guardian) 
  • Do not have a bleeding disorder and are not anemic 
  • Have lived in the sampling area for at least one year before September 30, 2019 
Sampling Area for Lubbock County

Schedule 

CDC and ATSDR will begin an exposure assessment in January 2020. Recruitment lasts about five weeks, then we will be in Lubbock for approximately two weeks for sampling. Individual results will be mailed to participants. This could take several months. We will also write a final report summarizing the findings and recommendations for your community and present the results at a public meeting. 

Information Session

CDC/ATSDR scientists will hold an information session to inform the community about ATSDR, the PFAS exposure assessment, the participant recruitment process, and upcoming PFAS testing to be conducted.

When
January 22, 2020
5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Presentation will start at 6:00 p.m.

Where
Terra Vista Middle School
1111 Upland Avenue,
Lubbock, TX 99416

For information on work being done in Lubbock County, TX, contact CAPT Patrick Young, Regional Representative, 214-665-8562, pay9@cdc.gov.

Page last reviewed: June 24, 2020