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Tue Jun 4, 2019, 04:46 PM

Gov. Polis signs ban on toxic firefighting foam that tainted Widefield aquifer

Gov. Jared Polis signed 23 bills into law Monday — including bans on certain kinds of firefighting foam — on his last day to act on bills from the 2019 legislative session.

At an Arvada fire station, Polis signed into law House Bill 1279, which bans certain kinds of foam used in firefighting training. Such foam contains so-called “forever chemicals” that have contaminated drinking water in El Paso County and elsewhere.

The bill was signed in Arvada and not in El Paso County, much to the consternation of one of its sponsors, Rep. Lois Landgraf, R-Colorado Springs.

The foam contaminated Fountain’s water supply, and it has since installed filters to deal with problem.

Read more: https://gazette.com/news/gov-polis-signs-ban-on-toxic-firefighting-foam-that-tainted/article_408013e0-865c-11e9-852e-df34e70b08d9.html
(Colorado Springs Gazette)

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