U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn failed to respond to two requests for comment from the Indy following a revelation that the EPA and White House sought to block publication of a federal health study on water-contamination at sites across the country. There's been widespread damage to groundwater in the Fountain Valley due to use of a fire fighting foam at Peterson Air Force Base.
Politico reported May 14 that Health and Human Services' Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry was about to release its assessment of PFOA and PFOS (two types of perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs), linked to thyroid and pregnancy problems, as well as certain cancers, even at low levels of exposure.
But an unidentified White House aide warned in an email to an Office of Management and Budget official that the study's impact would be "extremely painful" and create a "public relations nightmare."
The study, showing PFCs endanger human health at far lower levels than the EPA has previously called safe, remains unpublished.