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Spokane Riverkeeper hosting public forum on PFAS chemicals that tainted West Plains drinking water

The two-hour forum, organized by the Spokane Riverkeeper, will begin at 6 p.m. April 17 in the Barbieri Courtroom at Gonzaga’s School of Law. It will be free and open …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 2:43 p.m.

EPA unveils plan for chemicals found in West Plains drinking water; critics say it’s not enough

Environmentalists and Democratic lawmakers were quick to criticize the plan, saying it effectively delays much-needed regulations on PFAS chemicals, which have been linked to cancer and other health defects after …


Lawsuit blames U.S. government for water contamination around Fairchild Air Force Base

The lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Spokane, alleges Fairchild Air Force Base officials used the fire retardant recklessly and failed to warn neighbors of its “inherently …


UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018, 9:35 a.m.

Neighbors of Fairchild Air Force Base sue makers of toxic fire retardant, including 3M Co.

The plaintiffs claim they have suffered from an array of serious health problems caused by the water contamination, which resulted from decades of foam runoff from a training site on …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 10:47 p.m.

Air Force to reimburse Airway Heights for clean water after decades of chemical contamination

The U.S. Air Force has agreed to reimburse the city of Airway Heights for water it’s purchasing from the city of Spokane, months after the revelation that firefighting operations at …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 11:07 p.m.

Cleanup bill for toxic firefighting chemicals at military bases could reach $2 billion

It may cost up to $2 billion to clean up toxic firefighting chemicals that have leaked from more than 400 U.S. military installations, including Fairchild Air Force Base, a group …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 9:56 p.m.

Fairchild officials testing 100 more wells for firefighting chemicals

About 100 more wells near Fairchild Air Force Base will be tested for toxic firefighting chemicals, officials said Monday.


UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017, 6:46 p.m.

Chemical concentrations near Fairchild reach nearly six times EPA recommendation

Toxic firefighting chemicals were found in drinking water north of Fairchild Air Force Base at concentrations of up to 409 parts per trillion, nearly six times the level that federal …


UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 12:17 p.m.

Search for contaminated water expands north of Fairchild Air Force Base

The search for contaminated water has expanded north of Fairchild Air Force Base after four wells in the area showed elevated levels of toxic firefighting chemicals.


UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 5:53 p.m.

Hamptons PFOS-tainted water lawsuit adds to roster of 3M complaints

Fifteen people in a middle-income neighborhood near an airport in Southampton, New York – seaside playground of the rich and famous – are suing 3M Co. and other makers of …


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 12:02 a.m.

Spokane making progress on water metering, but some losses still unexplained

The city of Spokane says it met all state and federal standards for the quality of its drinking water in 2016, although leaky pipes and metering remain a problem.


UPDATED: Sat., May 20, 2017, 7:08 p.m.

Airway Heights expects to finish flushing contaminated water lines by Monday morning

City officials in Airway Heights expect to finish flushing water lines of contaminants from Fairchild Air Force Base on Sunday night or Monday morning.


UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017, 10:47 p.m.

Fairchild Air Force Base expands search for contaminated groundwater

Air Force officials have expanded their search for contaminated groundwater after testing found chemical runoff affecting neighbors of Fairchild Air Force Base.


UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017, 2:22 p.m.

Testing confirms chemical contamination in residential wells near Fairchild Air Force Base

Air Force officials visited Julie Dipple’s home last week to share some troubling news: Her drinking water is contaminated and it probably has been for a long time.


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 9:55 p.m.

Firefighting foam may have contaminated groundwater near Fairchild, officials say

Fairchild Air Force Base says groundwater that supplies nearby homes may have been contaminated by a fire-extinguishing foam that the Air Force stopped using last year after a recommendation by …