2017 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2017 15:49:32 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] PFCs: "Records: Military knew of foam dangers in 2001"
Records: Military knew of foam dangers in 2001

By Kyle Bagenstose
Bucks County Courier Times (PA)
July 15, 2017

By 2001, the U.S. military knew firefighting foams used at bases across the country could break down into toxic chemicals, that the chemicals had entered streams and groundwater at several military bases, and that they could potentially be polluting drinking water wells.

But despite one Department of Defense employee’s prediction that phasing out the foams could be an environmental task rivaling the magnitude of asbestos removal, the military continued to use the foams -- without investigating whether anyone on or off the bases had been sickened, according to military records and emails.

The records were obtained by Philadelphia law firm Williams Cuker Berezofsky, which is suing the federal government over groundwater contamination near a trio of former and current military bases in Bucks and Montgomery counties.


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Lenny Siegel
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