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Old 12-14-2018, 05:46 AM
 
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Blood tests show southern El Paso County residents have high levels of toxic chemicals from contaminated water

https://gazette.com/nowall/blood-tes...5412b01bc.html

"Many Security, Widefield and Fountain residents have extremely high levels of toxic chemicals in their bodies compared with other Americans, apparently from drinking water contaminated by firefighting foam used for decades at Peterson Air Force Base, according to a first-of-its-kind study released Thursday.

The Colorado School of Public Health and the Colorado School of Mines released the results of the first widespread blood tests of residents in southern El Paso County. In doing so, the researchers strengthened the link between the chemicals found in Widefield aquifer and Peterson Air Force Base’s use of the foam.

“The compounds measured are relatively consistent with the idea these are coming from firefighting foam use,” said Christopher Higgins, a Colorado School of Mines researcher involved in the study."


"The results largely confirmed researchers and residents’ suspicions that people living in that area are loaded with toxic chemicals that weaken the immune system and are linked to cancer, liver disease and high cholesterol.

But it also shed light on the extent to which people are contaminated with a toxic chemical that the Environmental Protection Agency has yet to target for further action, despite another federal agency’s concerns about its toxicity.

The study, which surveyed 220 people, gave tens of thousands of other residents in the area their first hint at what could be in their blood.

“If you’ve lived here for a long time and you’ve been drinking the city water, particularly in Security, where the levels are highest, there’s a good chance your levels are elevated,” said John Adgate, a Colorado School of Public Health researcher who lead the study."


"Already, water districts in Security, Widefield and Fountain rid drinking water of the chemicals.

But Adgate recommended people using private wells get their water tested, if they haven’t already. And he said people should limit use of the myriad household items containing the chemicals, such as many nonstick and water-resistant products.

He plans to retest the blood of 50 people in June, to see how quickly the chemicals left their bodies."
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Old 12-14-2018, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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https://koaa.com/news/covering-color...contamination/

"FOUNTAIN – It was a packed house on Thursday night as people gathered inside First United Methodist Church in Fountain.

New information was revealed on the effects of groundwater contamination in the Security-Widefield and Fountain areas.

Testing has shown that residents have some of the highest concentrations of cancer-causing PFCs in the entire country. The focus of the meeting was to share blood results of the 220 people that signed up for a blood study last year."

The Sharks smell blood

"As far as any legal implications of the exposure and contamination, representatives with the McDivitt Law Firm, which was spearheading a class action lawsuit, said there are thousands of clients who’ve filed personal injury cases in Colorado. Those cases will be consolidated with others from around the country and then sent to federal district court in South Carolina."
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Old 12-14-2018, 08:34 PM
 
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Air Force or Army is on the hook for this?
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Old 12-15-2018, 08:41 PM
 
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Not yet, we'll see. I'm glad we're on a different water source now, but who knows what damage has already been done. No one knows for sure the implications of these high levels in our blood.
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Old 12-15-2018, 09:26 PM
 
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Not yet, we'll see. I'm glad we're on a different water source now, but who knows what damage has already been done. No one knows for sure the implications of these high levels in our blood.
What impact has that had on property value?
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Old 12-16-2018, 09:59 AM
 
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None at all. When all this first came out there was some concern over that - maybe there was a short term effect - but housing prices have skyrocketed since.
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Old 12-16-2018, 09:59 AM
 
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None, as of yet. The south-east parts of the metro have not risen in value as rapidly as other areas, but how this impacts them in the coming years is yet to be seen.
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Old 12-16-2018, 11:23 AM
 
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Everyone in the residential areas is on different water now or their district got special filters - so in theory there is no risk to new residents at all.
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Old Yesterday, 06:53 PM
 
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Good to hear
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Old Today, 08:44 PM
 
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Air Force or Army is on the hook for this?

They should have been but the lawsuit is against 3M and Tyco.
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