|Air Force accountability demanded in Colorado Springs area water contamination|
By Tom Roeder and Jakob Rodgers
Colorado Springs Gazette (CO)
October 25, 2016
Local, state and federal politicians Monday called for accountability and more investigation into the military's use of firefighting foam after a Gazette investigation showed the Air Force ignored decades of warnings from its scientists about a toxic chemical in the foam. The chemical is suspected in widespread water contamination.
The investigation, published Sunday, found that the Air Force ran a series of tests dating back to the 1970s that found the foam harmed laboratory animals. The service also ignored warnings from the Army Corps of Engineers and continued to use it for 16 years after a major manufacturer and the EPA agreed to phase it out, citing environmental and health dangers.
"That's the definition of negligence," said Colorado Springs Democratic state Rep. Pete Lee, whose district spans Fountain Creek.
For the entire article, see
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Military mailing list