Lawsuit filed over contaminated water in Security-Widefield

Stacey Potts and her daughter

SECURITY-WIDEFIELD, Colo. — People who live in Security-Widefield and Fountain aren’t just sitting back and waiting until the water contamination is resolved by officials.

A lot of people are now part of at least two class action lawsuits to get damages they said are caused by the contaminated water.

Peterson Air Force Base admits to using firefighting foam that contained potentially dangerous PFCs from 1970 through 1990 during training exercises.

The EPA said those can be dangerous to young children and pregnant women.

With prolonged exposure, they can potentially cause cancer.

The Hannon law firm in Denver and the McDivitt law firm in the Springs are handling the two cases.

More than 1,000 people are part of the lawsuit filed by McDivitt.

Stacey Potts is one of those people.

Potts and her family have lived in Security-Widefield for seven years, but she never worried about the water until a letter from the water district came in the mail.

“That was the first concerning thing to me, because I do have an 8-year-old child, so I was very concerned,” said Potts.

After switching her family to bottled and filtered water, she decided to do research online.

“Looking at different cases in the past that different communities have gone through with this chemical, other communities around the country also going through this right now,” said Potts.

That’s when they joined the class action lawsuit.

McDivitt and Hannon aren’t suing the Air Force. Both law firms are going after the manufacturers of the firefighting foam.

“It goes beyond what they knew to what they should have known as well. Typical claims of negligence don’t rest necessarily on a particular informed state of mind where they knew what they were doing was bad and they deliberately did it. It can be less than that, where they should have known–a reasonable person, or reasonable company similarly situated should have known–this is not good and what they’re doing is polluting a populace,” said lawyer David McDivitt.

This case could easily take months or years.

“Not impossible, just complicated, very tricky, and something that’s very worthwhile to explore and investigate and see what can be done to try to make a difference in people’s lives,” said McDivitt.

Money can do that, but it’s too early to know how much this case could bring in for people.

Potts doesn’t care about the money. She just wants one thing.

“Make it right for people. We’ve been lucky enough that we haven’t had anything substantial health-wise, but there’s others around us that haven’t been so lucky,” said Potts.

PFCs can cause kidney and testicular cancer, according to the EPA.

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