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Gov. Polis in Colorado Springs to sign bills for regulating toxic firefighting foam

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- While neighbors of Peterson Air Force Base and the Air Force Academy are still dealing with the effects of chemicals in firefighting foam that got into the environment, Gov. Jared Polis was in Colorado Springs on Monday to sign bills into law that establishes when and how PFAS can be used.

PFAS, or perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, has been linked to detrimental health effects when found in groundwater. The PFAS family of compounds been deemed "forever chemicals" because they do not break down in the environment.

They were created to make products like Scotchgard and Teflon and are used on military installments and airports in firefighting foam.

Until today there were little to no regulations of the dangerous chemicals in Colorado.

The new laws establish testing and use procedures for PFAS; and it also orders the solid and hazardous waste commission to create rules for facilities, fire departments, or others who want to use or store PFAS. The law also prohibits the use of class B firefighting foam that contains PFAS in certain aircraft hangars starting in 2023.

A $25 fee for every petroleum load that enters the state will also go into effect. The money collected will fund PFAS in Colorado.

"Identify places were PFAS is, to set up mitigation plans and to set up clean up plans in the groundwater, surface water, and drinking water," Sen. Pete Lee.

There are currently no federal standards for the chemicals in drinking water. The Environmental Protection Agency is looking at creating enforceable regulation.

In the meantime, it's possible Colorado could create its own limits for the chemicals in drinking water, as other states have.

Rep. Tony Exum, Colorado Springs
"I think the community is stepping forward regardless of what the EPA is doing," Rep. Tony Exum. "We're hoping the EPA will join the communities in trying to establish cleaner water."

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Chelsea Brentzel

Chelsea is an investigative reporter for KRDO NewsChannel 13. Learn more about Chelsea here.

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8 Comments

  1. This will not affect the federal government from using such products. So when there is a big wild fire and it gets turned over to the feds the law no longer applies as it is then federal jurisdiction.

  2. Would somebody please explain to Governor Polis that there is only one correct way for the image on his mask to show, and he consistently gets it backwards.
    No, the image is not reversed, you can read the writing on the vehicle behind him.

  3. Heres a great regulation you should make and sign. Anyone not born in america or anyone who takes citizenship in another nation…like IsraHell, cant be a US POLITICIAN

  4. I wonder why we don’t get advanced notice of Polis coming to the Springs?
    Democrats NEVER announce they are going to be in town. What is he afraid of? Resistance? Cowards those Dems are.
    I’m sure it is posted in some far corner of his website

    Be a man Jared and let us know a few days prior.

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