Investigation into presence of ground water chemicals in Cocoa Beach

- The dog well at Lori Wilson Park is one of the sites that has higher levels of chemicals the EPA says could be dangerous.

This is according to a study from the City of Cocoa Beach that came out on Friday gauging the safety of the city’s groundwater, not its drinking water.

More than 100 people from Satellite Beach and Cocoa Beach have suffered from rare forms of cancer that they believe is caused by chemicals found in the water near Patrick Air Force Base. In all, Cocoa Beach tested new water sites for levels of certain chemicals the EPA says could easily build-up in a person's blood, liver, and kidneys, and cause problems.

Besides Lori Wilson Park, Cocoa Beach tested the water at 19 lift stations, wells, and treatment plants throughout the city. 11 of the sites showed chemical levels in the groundwater that are higher than EPA guidelines.

In a statement, the city says they are "committed to ensuring the safety of the citizens of Cocoa Beach. The drinking water in the City of Cocoa Beach is not affected. Cocoa Beach city commissioners have received the test results and the city manager, will give a report at the next city commission meeting."

On Saturday, activist Erin Brockovich will be in Cocoa Beach to talk about cancer worries in Brevard County.
 

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