Health study planned after firefighting foam tainted water

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DENVER (AP)-- Researchers will study blood contamination levels in about 200 Colorado residents whose drinking water was tainted by firefighting foam from Peterson Air Force Base.

The University of Colorado and the Colorado School of Mines announced Thursday the two-year study aims to determine how much of the chemicals residents absorbed, how quickly their bodies are shedding the contaminants and what the current levels are in the water.

The chemicals are called perfluorinated compounds or PFCs. They have been linked to prostate, kidney and testicular cancer, along with other illnesses.

PFCs were found in well water in three utility systems serving about 69,000 people in the city of Fountain and an unincorporated community called Security-Widefield. Levels exceeded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recommended limits.

The utilities have switched to other water sources.

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