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U.S. Senators push for investigation into water contamination near bases

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Senator Michael Bennet during a 2017 town hall in Colorado Springs. (KOAA) Senator Michael Bennet during a 2017 town hall in Colorado Springs. (KOAA)

A team of seven democratic senators, including Colorado's Michael Bennet,  penned a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday pushing for an investigation into water contamination near military installations and airports.

The letter also demanded the Department of Defense clean up areas affected by contamination from PFC chemicals contained in firefighting foams used at military bases and airports. 

The Air Force confirmed in July that toxins from firefighting chemicals on Peterson Air Force base did contaminate the drinking water supply for people living in Fountain, Security, and Widefield.

In the letter, the senators asked for the appropriations committee to fund a study to find out the health effects of having those chemicals in the water and for "military services to robustly budget for assessment, investigation, and remediation activities."

It also calls for all military installations to discontinue use of firefighting foam with toxins.

Last fall, the Air Force pledged $4.3 million to help communities deal with the effects of the contamination.

The Department of Defense identified more than 400 installations, including Peterson Air Force Base, with a  confirmed or suspected release of chemicals.

A team of seven senators signed the letter, including Michael Bennet (D-CO), Patty Murray (D-WA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Bob Casey (D-PA).

FULL LETTER:

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