People near ex-Navy bases in Pa. sue firefighting foam makers

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 16, 2016 2:35 PM

The former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove and present day Horsham Air Guard Station is shown Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Horsham, Pa. The military is checking whether chemicals from firefighting foam might have contaminated groundwater at hundreds of sites nationwide and potentially tainted drinking water, the Defense Department said. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Philadelphia) -- People near two former Navy bases near Philadelphia are suing producers of firefighting foam once used at the facilities, claiming they contaminated the drinking water. 

The Weitz & Luxenberg law firm have filed the federal lawsuit in Philadelphia on behalf of seven people who lived near the Willow Grove Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base and the former Naval Air Warfare Center. 

Named as defendants are 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. 

The suit alleges the companies should have known perfluorooctane sulfonate and other chemicals would pose health and environmental risks.

They are seeking class-action status.  

The companies didn't immediately return calls Friday seeking comment.

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