PFAS Update: Colorado Residents Urge EPA to Regulate Water Contaminants; City Intends to Sue Air Guard over Water Plant Cleanup Costs

PFAS Update: Colorado Residents Urge EPA to Regulate Water Contaminants; City Intends to Sue Air Guard over Water Plant Cleanup Costs

At the third stop on the Environmental Protection Agency’s nationwide tour, residents in Fountain Valley southeast of Colorado Springs, Colo., last week urged agency officials to set enforceable drinking water standards for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contaminating their water. EPA has begun studying the possibility of setting legally enforceable limits for two PFAS contaminants but has not set a timeline for completing the process. Fran Silva-Blayney of the Sierra Club Fountain Creek Water Sentinels said the agency should regulate PFAS chemicals as a family rather than addressing them individually, as is now the case, reported the Gazette. “[Because the] chemicals are toxic, persistent and bioaccumulative, our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren’s health and lives are at risk,” Silva-Blayney said. … The city of Martinsburg, W.Va., intends to file a lawsuit against the Air National Guard to recoup $4.5 million it spent cleaning up contamination at its water filtration plant stemming from past use of firefighting foam by the 167th Airlift Wing at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport. The city shut down the plan for seven months in 2016 due to high levels of the chemicals PFOA and PFOS. DOD agreed to reimburse the city for up to $10 million in remediation costs in early 2017 before officials said they did not have the authority to reimburse Martinsburg under a cooperative agreement, reported the Journal.

 

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