Residents near ex-Navy bases sue firefighting foam makers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Residents near two former Navy bases near Philadelphia are suing producers of firefighting foam once used at the facilities, claiming they contaminated the drinking water.

The Weitz & Luxenberg law firm filed the federal lawsuit Thursday in Philadelphia on behalf of seven people who lived near the Willow Grove Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base and the former Naval Air Warfare Center.

Named as defendants are The 3M Company, of St. Paul, Minnesota; UK-based Angus Fire; The Ansul Company, of Marinette, Wisconsin; North Carolina-based Buckeye Fire Protection Company; Wisconsin’s Chemguard; and National Foam, of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

The residents allege the companies should have known perfluorooctane sulfonate and other chemicals would pose health and environmental risks. They are seeking class-action status.

The companies didn’t immediately return calls Friday seeking comment.

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