Reese Technology Center, in Lubbock, TX, is a research and business park located on the grounds of the former Reese Air Force Base. The Air Force has tested private and public drinking water wells since November 2017 to determine if they are contaminated with PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). The source of the PFAS is likely past use of aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF).
Egide Louis, PHD, MPH
Senior Environmental Health Scientist
The wells that exceeded the EPA Health Advisory for the total amount of PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate) and PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) are being retested to confirm the results. The Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and ATSDR will continue to provide technical and health education support to the Air Force on request.
ATSDR will conduct a PFAS Exposure Assessment in this community in 2020.