#Westminster, #Thornton, #Northglenn sites on ‘Chemicals Forever’ list – The Northglenn/Thornton Sentinel #PFAS

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PFAS contamination in the United States via ewg.org.

Click on the link to read the article on the Northglenn/Thornton Sentinel site (Luke Zarzecki). Here is an exerpt :

Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, Thornton’s Ascent Solar and Westminster’s Ambassador Printing are all sites featured in a new interactive map that identifies locations across the country contaminated with “chemicals forever”. […] The map shows locations that have tested positive for the presence of PFAS on-site as well as “suspected contamination” from things like fire-fighting foam and industrial chemicals. The Northglenn, Thornton and Westminster sites are all listed among the suspected contaminated sites…[Alissa Cordner] said the purpose of the tool is to provide regulators, policymakers and public health officials with more information about potential risks to their communities. Contaminated or presumed contaminated sites do not involve direct exposure or ingestion…

In 2020, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment tested 400 Colorado water systems, 15 fire districts, and 43 waterways and found that 34% of water systems drinking water tested had some level of PFAS in the water. A 2020 survey from the Colorado Department of Health found that 71 surface water samples had concentrations as high as 257 parts per trillion for 18 different types of PFAS. The state health department released a report in April indicating that water bodies in El Paso, Adams and Jefferson counties were contaminated with PFAS. CDPHE collected 49 fish representing 10 different species from Willow Springs Pond in El Paso County, Tabor Lake in Jefferson County, and Mann-Nyholt Lake in Adams County’s Riverdale Regional Park. They found PFAS in 100% of the fish they collected.

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