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Public Meeting July 25: Agencies Update on Drinking Water Issues

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- Federal, state, county and local agencies are hosting an open house Tuesday, July 25, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Janitell Junior High School, 7635 Fountain Mesa Road, Fountain, Colorado.

This open house will update residents about ongoing efforts to identify and address two perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) - perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) - in drinking water sources in the Security, Widefield, and Fountain area.

Subject matter experts from the Air Force, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, El Paso County Public Health, and representatives of public water systems in Security and Fountain will provide information and answer questions.

PFCs are a group of manmade chemicals used for a variety of residential, commercial, and industrial purposes. The EPA established drinking water health advisory levels for PFOS and PFOA at 70 parts per trillion (ppt) because of a potential risk to human health.

For more information, contact the EPA at (303) 312-6077 or Mcclain-Vanderpool.Lisa@epa.gov; AFCEC Public Affairs at (210) 925-0956 or afcec.pa@us.af.mil; Peterson Air Force Base at (719) 556-5185 or 21sw.pa@us.af.mil; CDPHE at (303) 692-6351 or meghan.trubee@state.co.us or El Paso County Public Health at (719) 575-8985 or DanielleOller@elpasoco.com.

ATTENTION EDITORS: Media are invited to attend a media session from 4 to 4:30 p.m. No RSVP required.