2005 CPEO Installation Reuse Forum Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 14 Jul 2005 14:53:20 -0000
Reply: cpeo-irf
Subject: [CPEO-IRF] Lowry Air Force Base (CO) settlement
[This article describes an interesting situation that may be replicated at other base closure sites. The residents in the area of Lowry Air Force Base's off-post plume have been suing the federal government, but the cleanup of that plume was privatized. - LS]

Chemical leak lawsuit settled

Feds to pay $100,000 to E. Colfax residents for jet cleaner plume

By John Aguilar and Ivan Moreno
Rocky Mountain News (CO)
July 14, 2005

Two dozen residents of Denver's East Colfax neighborhood who allege their property values were damaged by a chemical leak from the former Lowry Air Force Base have settled a 5-year-old class-action lawsuit against the federal government.

The settlement stipulates that the government pay the plaintiffs $100,000, an amount that satisfies any damage claims related to the presence of trichloroethylene, or TCE, a cancer-causing chemical that was used to clean jet engines on the base.

The government admitted no wrongdoing as part of the settlement.


The remediation process was contracted out by the Air Force to the Lowry Redevelopment Authority, which in turn hired Lowry Assumptions in August 2002 to do the actual work.


For the entire article, see

Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918

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