High PFAS Levels Found in Oysters and the St. Mary’s River

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“Testing results released this week by the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) indicate high levels of PFAS toxicity in oysters and river water associated with the use of the chemicals at the Webster Outlying Field of the Patuxent River Naval Air Station (Webster Field) in St. Inigoes, Maryland. The base is located near the southern tip of St. Mary’s County, MD.

Results show oysters in the river by Church Point and in St. Inigoes Creek contained more than 1,000 parts per trillion (ppt) of the highly toxic chemicals. Oysters were analyzed by Eurofins, a world leader in PFAS testing. The analysis was performed on behalf of the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association and financially supported by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER.”

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