Representative Jason Crow

Representing the 6th District of Colorado

Letter from Rep. Crow: Ensuring Water Safety near Buckley

February 13, 2020
Press Release

I take very seriously my commitment to protecting public health and the environment in Colorado. It is in that spirit that I wanted to reach out to inform you about an ongoing issue that may impact certain neighborhoods in our community. As you might have seen, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center and the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment will be conducting tests on private wells within one mile north or west of Buckley Air Force Base for the presence of PFAS chemicals. 

If you get your water from a municipal provider, please disregard this letter.

As you may know, PFAS substances are a broad category of chemicals that are used for several practical reasons, making up a key ingredient in firefighting foams, non-stick cookware, and food packaging. These chemicals though, when leaked into our water supply, have been linked to serious medical concerns, including cancer, immune system issues, infertility, impaired child development, high cholesterol, and thyroid disease. 

Well owners who wish to have their water supply tested for the chemical can do so by contacting the Air Force at 720-847-9226 or via email at 460sw.pa.wf@us.af.mil.

In Congress, I am working hard to ban the use of PFAS chemicals on military installations, limit its presence in water supplies, and drive a nationwide cleanup effort. If you have any questions about this or other matters, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office at (720) 748-7514.

Please be assured that I will continue to monitor this issue going forward.

Sincerely,

Jason Crow Signature

Jason Crow
Colorado’s 6th Congressional District