Guam EPA in January 2019 fined Andersen Air Force Base for using chlorine tablets meant for swimming pools in a portion of its drinking water. STARS AND STRIPES
Guam EPA in January 2019 fined Andersen Air Force Base for using chlorine tablets meant for swimming pools in a portion of its drinking water. STARS AND STRIPES

Guam EPA fines Andersen Air Force Base for sanitizing drinking water with ‘pesticide’

by Caitlin Doornbos
Stars and Stripes

swimming pools, a 36th Wing spokesman said in a statement Saturday.

The Guam EPA issued a notice of violation Jan. 2 that the brand of chlorination tabs the base was using on drinking water included a chemical compound the agency considers a pesticide, according to the notice. The compound is toxic to waterborne organisms such as water fleas, according to the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs.

“Trichloro-s-triazinetrione is used only for swimming pools as per the product labeling,” Guam EPA wrote in the notice.

The issue came to light during a routine inspection Dec. 28 when two Guam EPA agents noticed the base was using a commercial pool sanitizer called “Pool Time Chlorination Tabs” instead of its approved MIOX disinfection system, which had gone out of service, according to the agency. MIOX is a brand name for mixed oxidant solution.

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