The U.S. Air Force said that firefighting foam used in training from Peterson Air Force Base contaminated groundwater and soil at levels well above advised limits.
Peterson Air Force Base
"The Air Force does not have the authority to reimburse communities for costs incurred in dealing with environmental contamination issues.
The report is based on dozens of soil and water tests over the last year at the base in Colorado Springs.
Firefighting foam used at the base for decades seeped into the aquifer, rendering well water for customers in southern El Paso County unsafe to drink.
The U.S. Air Force is poised to spend $2 billion to clean up synthetic chemicals that have contaminated soil and groundwater across the U.S.
The 150,000 gallon spill from a storage tank happened October 12, and the city says it entered a wastewater treatment plant.
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The lawsuit alleges manufacturers knew, or should have known, about potential health risks from the chemicals.