• Federal Funding Uncertain for Health Studies of Water Contamination at Philadelphia-Area Bases

    Federal Funding Uncertain for Health Studies of Water Contamination at Philadelphia-Area Bases0

    Federal health officials said they would support a program of blood testing and health monitoring for residents who rely on drinking water contaminated by the use of firefighting foams at two closed bases outside of Philadelphia, Sen. Robert Casey (D-Pa.) said last week. How the effort, estimated to cost $20 million to $30 million over five years, would be funded is still an open question, however. DOD has said federal law prohibits it from covering the cost. At a meeting involving officials from several federal agencies and lawmakers, representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they would work with Congress to obtain funding …

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  • Residents Target Manufacturers of Firefighting Foam over Contaminated Groundwater

    Residents Target Manufacturers of Firefighting Foam over Contaminated Groundwater0

    In a series of federal lawsuits filed over the past two weeks, residents neighboring active and former military bases in Colorado Springs and suburban Philadelphia have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of firefighting foam believed to have contaminated their drinking water supplies. The most recent suit was filed last week by the Colorado Springs-based McDivitt Law Firm on behalf of nine plaintiffs claiming their elevated blood levels of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) stemmed from the use of firefighting foam at Peterson Air Force Base. The Air Force previously confirmed that elevated levels of PFCs found in the drinking water supply in several communities south of Colorado Springs — Security, Widefield, and Fountain — most likely resulted from the use of firefighting foam at Peterson …

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  • New Jersey Panel Recommends Lowering Limit for PFCs0

    The safe levels of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), chemicals that may have seeped into the groundwater at dozens of active and closed military installations, may be lower than previously believed, according to a recommendation from a research panel of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The department’s Drinking Water Quality Institute last week recommended a limit of 14 parts per trillion of perfluorooctanoic acid, significantly lower than the limit — 70 parts per trillion — recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in May. Questions about the safe levels of PFCs have emerged since the Defense Department revealed it has expanded its investigation of sites across the nation that potentially have elevated levels of PFCs in their drinking water to at least 2,000 …

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  • Colorado Springs Drinking Water Contamination Linked to Peterson AFB

    Colorado Springs Drinking Water Contamination Linked to Peterson AFB0

    The Air Force last month confirmed that elevated levels of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) found in the drinking water supply in several communities south of Colorado Springs most likely stems from the use of firefighting foam at Peterson Air Force Base. The Air Force report shows that firefighters at the base used the chemicals during training since the 1970s, reported the Gazette. The firefighting foam was used most heavily from about 1970 through the early 1990s at two training areas, which have since been decommissioned. State and local officials have been addressing the contamination affecting the cities of Security, Widefield and Fountain since January …

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  • Contamination Not Found in Neighborhood Wells outside of Former Brunswick NAS0

    Tests of 27 private wells in a neighborhood just outside the southeastern border of the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, Maine, showed no evidence of harmful contamination by perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), a class of chemicals that has been linked to groundwater contamination at a number of active and closed bases across the country. The Navy previously discovered contaminated groundwater on several areas of the former air station. The contamination is believed to have been caused by decades of use of firefighting foam …

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  • Scope of Investigation into Groundwater Contamination Expands

    Scope of Investigation into Groundwater Contamination Expands0

    The Defense Department’s initial investigation into 664 sites across the nation that potentially have elevated levels of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in their drinking water has been expanded to at least 2,000 sites, most of them on Air Force bases, the New York Times reported Monday. The groundwater contamination is believed to have been caused by decades of use of firefighting foam at military installations. The Air Force has spent $137 million to assess the scope of the problem in addition to money it is paying to treat water systems and provide alternate sources of drinking water in affected communities. The ultimate cost of the cleanup will “likely be quite large,” according to one official …

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