Tucson's water contaminated by PFAS; health concerns amplified

TUCSON ⁠— Linda Shosie drove down the streets of southside Tucson pointing out, across several blocks, what she’s determined are “clusters” of disease.

Knocking door-to-door, through home visits and phone calls, she collected testimonies of people who, like her family, suffer from cancer or other severe illness, presumably linked to drinking water contaminated decades ago.

Shosie grew up near the Tucson International Airport, where companies leasing the land for industrial and military defense-related activities produced hazardous waste that seeped into aquifers from the 1940s to mid-1970s. Community pressure and the early death toll linked to water contamination prompted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to declare the area a Superfund site in 1983, a national priority area for long-term cleanup. 

But remediation is not over, and the government keeps identifying new unregulated contaminants to add to the list.

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