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Colorado Lawmakers Call For More Federal Money To Clean Up Chemical Contamination From PFAS

October 08, 2019 / Dan Boyce

Local environmental activists and state lawmakers gathered near Colorado Springs on Tuesday to call for more federal support in cleaning up toxic PFAS chemical contamination near some of the state’s military bases, most recently including the U.S. Air Force Academy. Firefighting foams used regularly on military bases for decades leached chemicals into local groundwater supplies. In 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a health advisory warning of a connection between PFAS and certain types of cancer.  The military has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on cleanup nationwide, including $50 million at Peterson Air Force Base alone. But speakers at the event organized by the nonprofit Environment Colorado said much more funding is still needed.  Fountain Valley Clean Water Coalition founder Liz Rosenbaum urged Colorado’s congressional delegation to fight for more PFAS cleanup funds in next year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).