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Navy: No funding for blood tests over contaminated water

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 15, 2016 3:10 PM
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The former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove and present day Horsham Air Guard Station in Horsham, Pa.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- The Navy says it will not fund blood tests for tens of thousands of people in suburban Philadelphia who may have been exposed to contaminated water. 

Chemicals were found in public drinking water supplies two years ago near the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Horsham, the former Naval Air Warfare Center in Warminster and the active Horsham Air Guard Station. 

Governor Tom Wolf asked the Navy and Air Force last month to fund tests for people in the area. 

The Navy has sent a letter to Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey saying federal public health officials recommended not conducting the tests. 

It says the tests won't help doctors determine current or future health risks related to those chemicals.  

Wolf's spokesman says the Democratic governor is disappointed.

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