Navy Officials Will Not Fund Blood Test Over Contaminated Water

Navy officials say they will not fund blood tests for tens of thousands of suburban Philadelphia residents 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.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf asked the Navy and Air Force last month to fund tests for area residents.

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

The Navy 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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