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City sues firefighter-foam makers over water contamination

WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts city is suing the makers of firefighting foam blamed for water contamination.

Brian Sullivan, a Democrat and mayor of the city of Westfield, announced the federal lawsuit against Wisconsin-based Chemguard Inc., as well as 3M Co. and Tyco Fire Protection Products on Thursday.

The manufacturers produce foam that was used for years at the Barnes Air National Guard Base and the Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport for firefighter training.

The city argues the manufacturers knew or should’ve known the foam chemicals are “persistent when released into the environment and harmful.”

The lawsuit doesn’t specify how much in damages Westfield seeks, but Sue Phillips, city solicitor, tells the Westfield News it’s “looking to be made whole.”

St. Paul, Minnesota-based 3M; Marinette-based Chemguard and Lansdale, Pennsylvania-based Tyco Fire Protection Products haven’t commented.

Westfield is installing filters to treat the contamination. Two public wells have been closed since 2015.

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