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Chemicals pollute wells near Navy airstrips on Whidbey

COUPEVILLE, Island County - In early December, Jim Heidinger got disturbing news about the well that supplies water for his Whidbey Island home.

Heidinger lives near a Navy airfield, and a laboratory analysis showed contamination - at levels more than triple an Environmental Protection Agency guideline - for chemicals found in aviation firefighting foam.

A Navy representative hand-carried the results to his door and left behind bottled water to drink in place of tap.

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