Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Surface Waters and Oysters in the St. Mary’s River Pilot Sampling Program

On March 3, 2020, the Navy sponsored a public information meeting for residents in the vicinity of Patuxent Naval Air Station to learn about  the Navy’s assessment program to determine the occurrence of certain PFAS on and in the vicinity of Navy installations that have known or potential releases of these compounds into the environment. Concerns were raised at this public meeting about potential exposures to these compounds associated with the use of PFAS-containing materials at the Webster Field Annex.  As a consequence of the concerns expressed at this public meeting and in furtherance of the Department’s overall mission to protect and restore the environment for the health and well-being of all Marylanders, the Department is initiating a pilot study to assess whether surface water and potentially oysters in the vicinity of Webster Field Annex have elevated levels of PFAS.

Contact Information

For additional information on the PFAS study in the St. Mary’s River contact Kathy Brohawn;​.