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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 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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Colorado may have more sites with dangerous “forever chemicals” than any other state

Colorado may have more locations where dangerous PFAS “forever chemicals” are stored and used than any other state in the U.S., according to a database released by the EPA after challenges from a watchdog group.  About 21,000 industrial sites in Colorado appear on the previously undisclosed EPA database of locations that “may be handling” PFAS, […]

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As aquifers drain, El Paso County is hoping a nearly endless loop of water can fight future shortages

FOUNTAIN — Water drawn from deep wells in the southern Denver Basin has a wild ride ahead, if a $134 million proposal to build a pipeline and reusable water “loop” through much of El Paso County moves forward.  With drought and climate change piling on top of population growth, getting creative to the point of […]

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Agricultural water contaminated with “forever chemicals” could taint produce, Colorado study finds

Lettuce and other produce could soak up dangerous concentrations of the banned firefighting chemical PFAS tainting agricultural irrigation, even in areas where drinking water is already filtered for the substance, according to a new modeling study led by the Colorado School of Mines. The study proves the possibility, but does not claim real-world tests on […]

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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 […]