Air Force officials say service has no authority to reimburse for Widefield contamination

Despite a new study’s conclusion that toxic firefighting foam at Peterson Air Force Base potentially fouled drinking water in Security, Widefield and Fountain, Air Force officials have no plans to fully reimburse those communities for $6 million they’ve spent responding to the crisis.

More than 70 percent of those checks issued by those water districts to deal with toxic chemicals contaminating the Widefield Aquifer likely will not be reimbursed, Air Force officials signaled last week. And those uncompensated costs are expected to balloon, with the districts likely on the hook for $11 million of their $12.7 million response tab by the end of 2018.