Colorado Air Force Base: 5 Year Plan to Clean Up Water Contamination
February 7, 2017 | Environmental Litigation
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.
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.