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Colorado to expand probes of PFAS “forever chemicals” in biosolids from city waste

Wastewater treatment plants may have to start testing for presence of PFAS “forever chemicals” in biosolids as early as next year, and those plants may be required to investigate upstream sources of the toxic substances, Colorado regulators say.  State water quality officials also said Colorado’s PFAS grant program is also open to help communities test […]

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South Adams County water district is buying Denver’s water to dilute “forever chemicals”

The South Adams County Water and Sanitation District, anchored by Commerce City, will be paying Denver Water $2.75 million this year for enough supply to dilute local well water tainted by PFAS “forever chemicals” from firefighting foam runoff, officials said Tuesday.  The district serves 65,000 people, and said it needs a new $130 million treatment […]

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New EPA guidelines on PFAS “forever chemicals” put Frisco far over drinking water limits

Drinking water in Frisco is tainted with dangerous levels of the PFAS “forever chemicals” from suspected firefighting foam runoff into nearby creeks, according to new EPA guidance that radically lowered safety levels and sent state officials in search of cities with similarly compromised water systems.  More than 100 city and town water systems across the […]

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Colorado has been spreading biosolids with “forever chemicals” on farms, records show. How dangerous is it? 

Metro Denver’s wastewater treatment system is spreading sewage biosolids laced with toxic PFAS “forever chemicals” at its farm in eastern Arapahoe County and on private farms that buy the material as fertilizer, according to test records obtained by the Colorado Sun.  The likely presence of the ubiquitous and dangerous chemicals on Colorado farmland, placed there […]

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Colorado finds “forever chemicals” PFAS in 100% of fish sampled in three big counties 

A new Colorado study found toxic PFAS “forever chemicals” in 100% of the fish it sampled from previously known contaminated waterbodies in El Paso, Jefferson and Adams counties, adding to a growing series of reports on damage from the waterproofing materials’ spread in the environment. Staff from the Colorado health department, the Colorado School of […]

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As “forever chemical” concerns mount, Colorado lawmakers move to ban product sales

The sale of many products containing the dangerous “forever chemicals” known as PFAS would be banned in Colorado as early as 2024, under legislation to be introduced this week and backed by a host of consumer and environmental groups. Toxic PFAS chemicals, used as lubricants and repellants in products ranging from firefighting foam to clothing […]

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Colorado attorney general sues makers of firefighting foam that uses “forever chemicals” threatening drinking water

The Colorado Attorney General’s Office filed suit Monday against 15 makers of firefighting foam that contains “forever chemicals” called PFAS, alleging the companies caused contamination found in water samples taken across the state and endangered public health.  The lawsuit in state district court says the companies, including five related to DuPont, “knew or should have […]

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Colorado lawmakers wanted to tackle the state’s PFAS problem. They are taking more of a baby step.

Colorado lawmakers hoped this year to accelerate regulation of a group of man-made chemicals called per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which are often used in firefighting foam and have contaminated drinking water in communities across the state.   But a bipartisan bill to do just that was stripped of its most comprehensive elements during its first hearing at […]