Residents near ex-Navy bases sue firefighting foam makers

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

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

It names 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, as defendants.

The suit, which seeks class action status, alleges the defendants should have known perfluorooctane sulfonate and other chemicals would pose health and environmental risks.

Calls seeking comment from the companies weren’t immediately returned Friday.

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