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Navy Faces Pa. Residents’ Toxic Firefighting Foam Claims (1)

Oct. 2, 2018, 6:34 PMUpdated: Oct. 2, 2018, 9:34 PM

Residents living near two Pennsylvania naval bases can proceed with claims alleging the federal government should pay to monitor them for cancer and other health risks tied to toxic firefighting foam.

A federal appeals court reinstated the residents’ medical monitoring claims Oct. 2. The U.S. Navy’s ongoing hazardous waste cleanups at the bases didn’t block the claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held.

The residents allege the government’s release of two chemicals in the foam, perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctane sulfonate, contaminated their groundwater, raising their risks of developing kidney cancer, thyroid disease, and other serious health ...