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AF water contamination lawsuit lingers, while families wait for answers

AF water contamination lawsuit lingers, while families wait for answers

FOUNTAIN & SECURITY-WIDEFIELD, Colo. - It's been close to a year since Peterson Air Force Base admitted their fire fighting foam contaminated water and soil in Fountain and Security-Widefield. Now, time is running out for those affected to join a class-action lawsuit against several manufacturers of the foam.

Attorney's with McDivitt Law Firm held an open house Saturday for families to ask questions and learn more about the suit.

"We believe that the water people drank was contaminated by the foam itself," said Kelly Hyman, an attorney working the case. "We will fight for them and do our best to rebuild their lives."

Angela Portugal, her husband Stephen and their two daughters came to the event.

"We hope there is some justice and accountability from the people who I believe made an honest mistake," said Stephen Portugal.

The Portugals have been living in Fountain for the past 11 years.

"It's scary because we don't know what the long-term effects could be," said Angela.

The lawsuit is filed against a number of foam manufacturing companies, like the 3-M Company.

Their corporate office released the following statement in response:

 “3M will vigorously defend these lawsuits. 3M acted responsibly at all times and will defend its record of stewardship in connection with firefighting foam.”

In the mean time, the Air Force has agreed to spend more than $900,000 to buy water and contamination filter systems for these communities in Fountain and Security-Widefield where the wells were tainted with chemicals.

"There possibly could be long-term effects from it, we just don't know it yet," Angela said.

The lawsuit has been in the works for two years. The trial is projected for next year.

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