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City of Westfield files lawsuit against firefighting foam manufacturers


22NEWS MOBILE APP FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION ON THIS STORY. ASHLEY: THE CITY OF WESTFIELD IS SEEKING TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM MANUFACTURERS OF THE FIRE FIGHTING FOAM USED AT BARNES AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE. 22NEWS REPORTER HAYLEY CROMBLEHOLME IS LIVE IN WESTFIELD WITH WHAT THE CITY IS ASKING FOR, AND WHY. HAYLEY CROMBLEHOLME: THE CITY OF WESTFIELD CLAIMS THEY HAVE INCURED “SUBSTANTIAL EXPENSE” TO KEEP THEIR WATER SUPPLY CLEAN OF CHEMICALS IN THIS FIREFIGHTING FOAM. THE CITY IS SEEKING $50 MILLION DOLLARS FROM 3M, CHEMGUARD AND TYCO FIRE PRODUCTS AS DAMAGES FOR ALLEGEDLY CONTAMINATING THEIR WATER. THE CITY’S COMPLAINT STATES THAT THE FOAM WAS USED FOR DECADES AT BARNES, AND THAT TWO WATER WELLS NEAR THE BASE WERE FOUND TO HAVE MORE THAN THE FEDERALLY RECOMMENDED LEVELS OF THE CHEMICALS FOUND IN THE FOAM. ACCORDING TO THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, EXPOSURE TO SOME OF THE CHEMICALS IN THE FOAM IN CERTAIN CONCENTRATIONS COULD CAUSE KIDNEY CANCER, TESTICULAR CANCER, AND DEVELOPMENTAL DEFECTS IN FETUSES. THESE FIREFIGHTING FOAMS WERE POPULAR IN FIGHTING FUEL AND OIL FIRES, BUT THE EPA SAID THE CHEMICALS CAN “ACCUMULATE” IN THE BLOOD AND ANIMALS OF HUMANS. HAYLEY CROMBLEHOLME: THE MANUFACTURERS PHASED OUT THIS TYPE OF FOAM. ACCORDING TO THE SUIT, THE MAIN MANUFACTURER OF THIS TYPE OF FOAM

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