Gardner Statement on PFAS Exposure Assessment Near Peterson Air Force Base

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the following statement on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) announcement to conduct exposure assessment on per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in El Paso County near Peterson Air Force Base. 

“PFAS contamination in Colorado and across the nation is a serious issue that will require a unified state, local, and federal response, and during my meeting with EPA Acting Administrator Wheeler, I directly expressed my concerns about addressing the immediate and long term impacts of this challenge,” said Senator Gardner. “I will continue working to make sure Coloradans have access to clean and safe drinking water and am thankful the CDC and ATSDR were responsive to efforts to include El Paso County in their long term study of the health effects stemming from PFAS contamination.”

The CDC/ATSDR are assessing PFAS exposure in areas surrounding U.S. military bases in order to provide an analysis about PFAS levels in these communities. Part of this assessment is testing randomly selected people from the community and examining their exposure levels via blood and urine samples. After conducting such tests, scientists will be able to assess the level of exposure seen in the community and the health risks associated with said levels. The health assessment is set to begin in 2019 and continue throughout 2020.



Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.