COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Drilling has begun on a test well near Peterson Air Force Base to determine how a foam used by military firefighters contributed to water contamination south of Colorado Springs.
The Gazette reports that drilling on the first of 18 wells began Thursday. The Air Force says the soil samples will be checked for perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs, contained in the firefighting foam.READ MORE: Heat and Haze Causes Front Range Air Quality To Drop Amid Some Of The Worst In The Country
PFCs, which have been linked to prostate, kidney and testicular cancer, were found earlier this year in water systems serving about 69,000 people in Fountain, Security and Widefield.READ MORE: Auto Repair Students Help Denver Police Tackle Growing Catalytic Converter Theft Problem
The chemical-laced firefighting foam was used at the base decades ago to fight fuel fires.
Another investigation into last week’s release of 150,000 gallons of water containing toxic chemicals at the base remains ongoing.MORE NEWS: Planned Power Outage: Douglas County Residents Should Expect Drop In Power
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