150,000 gallons of wastewater containing perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) was released from Peterson Air Force Base into the Colorado Springs’ wastewater treatment center. The city’s wastewater system is not set up to removed these harmful PFCs so they remained in the water even as it was released to Fountain Creek.
PFCs are toxic chemicals found in firefighting foam used at the Peterson Air Force Base and other military installations across the country. They have been linked to prostate, kidney and testicular cancers as well as many other serious health issues.
The unexplained discharge was discovered during a routine tank inspection where the water was being stored. Air Force officials said they did not find any obvious leaks in the tank but they will also not disclose how high the levels of PFCs were in the wastewater that was released.
Military airfields are suspected by health investigators as a point where the chemicals seeped into the Fountain Creek watershed north of Widefield, Fountain, and Security. More than sixty other locations nationwide, including parts of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, are experiencing similar problems.
In order to stand up for the victims in El Paso County, Colorado, the attorneys at Napoli Shkolnik PLCC have joined forces with the McDivitt Law Firm to file a class action suit against the entities responsible for this environmental poisoning. This action is not only designed to collect money for victims, but also to put an end to the water contamination issues around Colorado Springs and bring peace of mind to all past, current, and future residents.
HARMFUL EFFECTS OF PFC’s
Perfluorinated chemicals rank among the worst in an expanding multitude of unregulated contaminants that federal scientists are detecting in city water supplies, including hormones, pesticides, antibiotics and anti-depressants. Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) do not break down, even if the drinking or cooking water is boiled. In fact, exposing PFCs to high temperature may make them even more dangerous.
Prolonged exposure to perfluorinated chemicals has been consistently linked to a wide array of serious health issues, including:
- Developmental damage to fetuses during pregnancy,
- Low birth weight,
- Accelerated puberty,
- Distorted bones,
- Kidney and testicular cancer,
- Liver tissue damage,
- Impaired production of antibodies, and
- Cholesterol changes.
Compensation in environmental contamination cases normally includes damages for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as loss of enjoyment in life. Substantial punitive damages may be available as well.
Nearby Fountain and unincorporated community Security-Widefield are also dealing with PFC water contamination and the Air Force is investigating to see if the Peterson base is the source of that contamination as well.