Wednesday, September 18, 2019

PFAS meeting postponed, state funding awarded

Posted By on Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 1:00 AM

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On the heels of news that a group of toxic manmade chemicals known as PFAS had been discovered in groundwater at the Air Force Academy, the Colorado Aeronautical Board announced funding for state airports to help contain the chemicals.

The $400,000 in state funding will pay for containment equipment to let airports conduct federally required tests using PFAS-based firefighting foam without discharging it into the environment, according to a joint statement from the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Meanwhile, the Air Force is conducting an expanded inspection to determine whether private drinking water wells south of the Air Force Academy have been contaminated with PFAS, stemming from the military’s use of firefighting foam. 

A Sept. 12 meeting with local and state officials to discuss the issue was postponed. As of the Indy’s press time,  a new date had not been announced. 

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