Governor to military: Fund blood tests over tainted water

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has called on the military to fund blood tests for nearly 70,000 residents in suburban Philadelphia who might have been exposed to contaminated water.

The Democratic governor wrote a letter to the secretaries of the Navy and Air Force on Thursday issuing the request to fund tests for residents in Warminster, Warrington and Horsham.

Lawmakers have called on the federal government to do more to address concerns over contamination of local water supplies with unregulated chemicals. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) were widely used for decades at three area military bases.

The state Department of Health estimates that testing could cost $7 million.

More than a dozen public wells and 140 private wells in the area have been taken offline because of contamination.