“Local, state and federal officials told residents in the western Boulder County area served by the Sugarloaf Fire Protection District they will meet soon to create a plan for future testing, as needed, for perfluorinated compounds in area well water.

Those intentions were shared with about 50 homeowners in the Sugarloaf area who attended a Tuesday evening board meeting of the Sugarloaf district at its Station 2.

The session was attended by, in addition to the concerned residents, representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Boulder County Public Health and the fire protection district.

Inquiries by homeowners, according to county health department spokeswoman Chana Goussetis, included questions about ‘type B’ firefighting foam, which has been discussed as a potential cause of the well contamination; how to select a lab for testing of private well water; recommendations for reverse osmosis filters to make water safe; and future testing plans…

Representatives from all of the agencies will meet soon to create a plan, ‘which will include where additional sampling is needed,’ Goussetis wrote in an email. ‘This will involve looking closely at the geology of the area to identify homes that most likely will be impacted.’

The discovery of well water issues on Sugarloaf came after the installation of well and septic systems at the district’s Stations 1 and 2 in 2017, and the sampling of well water at Station 1 in April of this year.

Well water at both Stations 1 and 2 have now been tested, and they each tested positive for perfluoroocatanaic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulphate (PFOS) at levels far exceeding the EPA’s advisory level of 70 parts per trillion.

That prompted the district to test wells of 10 homeowners living within 1,300 feet of Station 1.

Sugarloaf volunteer John Winchester said that of those 10, six had no detectable PFCs, and the other four had ‘various’ levels. He said specific data would not be released out of respect for homeowners’ privacy.”

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