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How long did Andersen use pesticide in drinking water?

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Still no word on how much Andersen Air Force will be fined for using swimming pool chlorine tablets to "purify" base drinking water

The Notice of Violation was issued after a Jan. 3 Guam Environmental Protection Agency inspection of a half-million-gallon drinking water tank at Northwest Field.

Guam EPA spokesman Nic Lee tells KUAM News agency officials sat down with Andersen officials to figure out a fine for the violation - which carries a statutory maximum penalty of $1,700 per day.

"The agency has to calculate the amount of days that Andersen was in violation," Lee explained. "So one of the things that Andersen agreed to...was to issue the agency the daily reporting logs for the maintenance schedule on the community water system."

Lee said the base agreed to hand over daily logs, but hasn't yet. Lee could not say what adverse health effects based residents could suffer by drinking water "purified" with chlorine swimming pool tablets, but he did say he's never seen a violation like this before.

"The use of pool tablets to treat a drinking water source this is the first time that I've seen it since I've been here but there are other factors in the NOV like failure to notify and that happens occasionally," he said. 

The swimming pool tablets Andersen Air Force Base used in the drinking water supply are classified as a pesticide by Guam EPA. 

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