Nov 13, 2019

Connecticut Completes PFAS Action Plan

Connecticut has completed its final action plan on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) following two accidents at Bradley.

Connecticut has completed its final action plan on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) following two accidents at Bradley.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont’s office announced that the state has completed its final action plan on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), according to the CT Mirror

One component of the action plan is gathering more baseline data about PFAS contamination in the state.

“How ubiquitous is PFAS in fish in Connecticut? How ubiquitous is it in our streams and rivers? And at what concentration? And that will really help guide our response in how we look at this issue,” said Betsey Wingfield, a deputy commissioner for environmental quality at the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

The plan calls for more testing of public drinking water and the possibility of a take back program for PFAS-containing firefighting foam for state agencies and municipal fire departments.

The PFAS Action Plan also aims to establish a Safe Drinking Water Advisory Council to make recommendations regarding maximum contaminant levels for emerging contaminants in drinking water. The state is also looking into requiring manufacturers to disclose PFAS content in Safety Data Sheets and product labeling. 

This follows two incidents at Bradley Airport, according to the CT Mirror. In June, an accident at a private aircraft hangar sent thousands of gallons of PFAS-filled firefighting foam into the Farmington River. In October, a B-17 crashed at Bradley, killing seven people. The PFAS-filled foam used to put out the fire then got into nearby water and soil.

Since the June spill, the ban on eating fish from the Farmington River has remained. 

“In addition, we want people to be aware of PFAS as a class of chemicals,” Wingfield said. “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.”

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