Connecticut Will Conduct More Water Testing Under PFAS Plan
The state says it has put the final touches on an action plan to determine the extent of contamination from PFAS, a group of nearly 5,000 chemicals that has been linked to health problems in humans and animals.
The plan comes in the wake of two high-profile accidents at Bradley International Airport this year that involved the use of firefighting foam (pictured above) containing PFAS. The foam ended up in nearby water and soil and spilled into the Farmington River.
Part of the plan calls for testing public drinking water supplies, a campaign to increase public awareness of the chemicals, and a possible takeback program for PFAS-containing firefighting foam for state agencies and municipal fire departments.
“We want to be able to help people try to minimize their exposure [and] identify those areas where human health is potentially impacted, if there is contaminated drinking water in the state,” said Betsey Wingfield of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. MORE »