Funding secured to study effects of PFC contamination
The long-term health effects of the water contamination in Security, Widefield and Fountain will be under review next year.
The money from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences will officially kick in on January 1st of next year and the research team at the Colorado School of Public Health plan to hit the ground running.
News 5 was there as Dr. Adgate introduced this idea to residents back in October.
"I’m happy, I’m excited that we get to do the work, I know people are concerned," he said.
"It’s an opportunity to do something that’s important for public health in the state of Colorado and these folks in particular in Fountain, Security and Widefield."
He’s hoping to find out how persistent these compounds are in a group of 200 volunteers, all people from across the three affected areas.
"Measure both their blood levels and collect some household water and look at the relationship between that and where they live, how long they’ve lived there and some markers of health effects," he said.
And regardless of the outcome of the study, he says the first order of business is making sure people are no longer being exposed.
"Trying to offer them what we can in terms of interventions that assure that and answer other questions for example, can we grow vegetables with this?"
Researchers will start looking for that pool of 200 volunteers in the first half of 2018, focusing on long-term residents.