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PFAS exposure study in Security-Widefield area underway

 

Last updated 8/28/2020 at 9:46am

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An official from the exposure assessment team gets ready to meet with residents.

Last month, officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) announced the initiation of a PFAS exposure assessment in the Security-Widefield area. The study looks at the impact of contaminated drinking water resulting from chemicals found in firefighting foam used at Peterson Air Force Base over a period of many years.

The CDC and ATSDR PFAS exposure assessment team will be in the Security-Widefield area this weekend, beginning Friday. They will be visiting households that were selected to be part of the PFAS exposure assessment.

If residents were selected to participate, they should have received a letter in the mail with a phone number to call if they would like to participate. If the CDC and ATSDR PFAS exposure assessment team visits homes and residents are not there, they'll leave information on doors.

"We want residents to please consider participating if they were selected," a spokesperson said.

Some residents say they are concerned about how their information will be used, and what tests will be conducted on their samples. They can address those questions and concerns with the study representatives during this weekend's visits.

To learn more: https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/pfas/activities/assessments/sites/el-paso-county-co.html.

 

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