McDivitt Law Firm calls for blood tests of those affected in Security-Widefield water contamination

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The McDivitt Law Firm is working to get the manufacturers of a fire fighting foam held accountable for their actions, and that begins with blood tests of everyone affected.

“We won’t know the effects of the people of the community unless there is blood testing. What we’ve seen in other communities where the blood testing has occurred, is high levels of PFOA or Perfluorooctanoic acid, in the majority of people whose blood who was drinking the water,” said Paul Napoli, a partner in this case with the McDivitt Law Firm.

High levels of perfluorinated compounds or PFCs, have been found in the communities ground water wells. They are man-made chemicals that have been linked to various diseases and cancers.

While similar cases have been reported in New Hampshire, Vermont and upstate New York, the law firm says the Fountain and Security-Widefield area is a community that has more people drinking perfluorinated compounds than any other affected place in the country.

“There may be connections between the fact your water table, your aquifers are as low as 70 and 80 feet below the surface of the ground, right in the area where they’re pumping the fire-retardant materials with PFOAs into the ground,” said Hunter Shkolink, another partner in this case.

The lawsuit claims fire retardant used in trainings by Peterson Air Force Base have seeped into the ground for decades.

Apart from health, the contamination is also affecting property values.

“People don’t want to buy a home in an area that is getting its drinking water from contaminated wells,” said Mike McDivitt.

The law firm says those affected deserve compensation for both property damage and adverse health conditions caused by the PFCs.

“Steps can be taken to recover the fluids and the chemicals, so it doesn’t just spill off in the surrounding area. We have found nothing to support any instructions that suggests that,” Shkolink said.

The law firm says this lawsuit isn’t a war with the federal government or the Air Force, but solely with the manufacturers of the firefighting foam.

Lawyers say the reason they are not going after the Air Force is because they did not know about the foam’s harmful effects.

“You’ve got to make it clear that you have to take steps to protect it from pouring off into the ground water. They didn’t do that, they had the information. This is not something new, they knew about it from the dates of development and over the decades of selling it,” Shkolink said.

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