Lead detected in one water sample at 177th Fighter Wing

November 12th, 2014 by Steve

Posted: Friday, August 8, 2014 7:48 pm

By DONALD WITTKOWSKI Staff Writer

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Slightly elevated levels of lead were detected in one water sample taken recently at the New Jersey Air National Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing, the unit said in a statement Friday.

The lead was found in the drinking water at a building that houses the 177th’s operations group and medical squadron, but was at a level not considered a health risk, the statement added.

As a precaution, the water was flushed out. Environmental officials from state, federal and military agencies were notified to address any concerns. The water will continue to be monitored and retested.

Other water samples taken July 17 at 10 other locations on the military base all proved to be within acceptable levels for lead content, Col. Robert DeSipio, the 177th’s medical group commander, said in the statement.

The 177th, stationed at Atlantic City International Airport, flies F-16 fighter jets that protect U.S. airspace along the East Coast. It will serve as a base of operations for the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerobatic squadron that is scheduled to headline the Atlantic City Airshow on Wednesday.

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