Two landowners in eastern Washington have filed a lawsuit against the federal government alleging officials at Fairchild AFB should have known the firefighting foam used by the installation for decades contained ingredients with the potential to contaminate drinking water supplies. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court, claims officials used the fire retardant recklessly and failed to warn neighbors of its “inherently dangerous properties.” The lawsuit follows a class action suit filed in the same court in April targeting manufacturers of the aqueous film-forming foam responsible for contaminating the groundwater outside Fairchild, reported the Spokesman-Review. The widely used fire retardant contains multiple PFAS chemicals. As a result of the contamination, the city of Airway Heights was forced to flush millions of gallons from its drinking water system; the city’s water now comes from Spokane.
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