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Firefighting Tool Has Hidden Danger For Waterways


KNOW THAT RISK. IF YOU HAVE A CONSUMER PROBLEM YOU CAN’T RESOLVE, YOU CAN ALWAYS GO TO OUR WEBSITE AND FILL OUT OUR FORM. ABOUT TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT A TOXIC CHEMICAL THAT IS PROBABLY ALREADY IN YOUR BODY. AS YOU’RE ABOUT TO SEE, A LOT OF DAMAGE HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE. Reporter: WHEN DISASTER STRIKES ON A RUNWAY, FIRE SUPPRESSING FOAM CAN BE A LIFESAVER. BUT FOR DECADES, THERE WAS A HIDDEN DANGER IN THE CHEMICAL ITSELF. THE SAME CHEMICALS USED IN PRODUCTS LIKE TEFLON, AND SCOTCH GUARD, NOW CONSIDERED A HEALTH THREAT BY THE EPA. WE KNOW IT’S LINKED TO SEVERAL TYPES OF CANCER. Reporter: BEFORE THE PUBLIC WAS WARNED ABOUT THE CHEMICALS, WE USED A LOT OF THEM. AIRPORTS AROUND THE WORLD. MILITARY AND CIVILIAN, TRAINED WITH THAT TOXIC FOAM OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THEY JUST USED A LOT OF THE FIRE FIGHTING FOAM, AND DIDN’T THINK ABOUT IT. IT JUST WASHED INTO THE WATER SUPPLIES OR CREEKS. ONCE THEY’RE IN OUR SYSTEM, OR THE BAY, OR THE ENVIRONMENT, THEY LAST FOR A REALLY LONG TIME. Reporter: ELEVATED LEVELS MUCH PFC’S IN THE WATER FACILITY. JUST UP THE BAY FROM MOFFETT FIELD. CONTAMINATION WAS FOUND IN THE WATER AT POOLY LANDING IN EAST PALO ALTO. WE CAN EVEN TRACE CHEMICALS TO THE MARINE MAMMAL CENTER, WHERE STATE RESEARCHERS HAVE FOUND HARBOR SEALS. WE’RE REALLY CONCERNED THERE’S A LOT MORE CONTAMINATION IN DRINKING WATER THAN WE KNOW ABOUT. Reporter: THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS NOW TESTING 85 MILITARY SITES ACROSS CALIFORNIA, WHERE THE FOAM WAS USED IN CRASH TRAINING. IN SOME OF THOSE LOCATIONS, LIKE McCLELLAN AIR FORCE BASE IN SACRAMENTO COUNTY, PFC’S HAVE ALREADY BEEN DETECTED IN THE GROUNDWATER. THERE’S 1.5 MILLION PEOPLE IN CALIFORNIA THAT WE KNOW OF THAT ARE DRINKING THIS STUFF IN THEIR DRINKING WATER. Reporter: THE DEPARTMENT OF SUBSTANCE CONTROL IS NOW TRACKING THESE CHEMICALS FROM THE CONTAMINATED WATER, RIGHT INTO THE BLOOD OF PEOPLE WHO LIVE NEARBY. WE SOME ELEVATED LEVELS IN THE DRINKING WATER AND GROUND WATER. I’M SURE IT WILL AFFECT THE LEVELS IN HUMAN BODY. EVEN IN CALIFORNIA. I THINK IT’S GOING TO BE A BIG CLEANUP. I’VE HEARD PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THEY THINK THIS IS GOING TO BE LIKE LEAD AND PCB’S. IT’S GOING TO BE THE NEXT BIG ONE. DESPITE THE HEALTH HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH THESE CHEMICALS, THE EPA CURRENTLY

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