Funding has been approved to clean up Connecticut landfills and two homes after the discovery of PFAS contamination.
The state Bond Commission approved funding for work at five closed landfills in Connecticut, taking on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination at two homes near the Ellington dump.
The commission approved $750,000, adding to a previously-approved $700,000, reported the Stamford Advocate. The money will go towards upgrades needed at closed landfills in Hartford, Ellington, Waterbury, Wallingford and Shelton.
The project will also work at two homes near the Ellington landfill, where PFAS chemicals leached into the drinking water. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has been supplying bottled water to those homes and will add filtration systems to remove PFAS.
Additionally, work in Ellington includes repairs to the methane collection system on the site and filtration at the nearby homes. Runoff is not collected or treated at the Ellington landfill, but testing will be done throughout 2020 to determine where groundwater systems are affected, reported the Stamford Advocate.
Work to the groundwater and runoff collection and treatment systems will be done in Hartford, according to the DEEP. Improvements in Waterbury and Shelton include fending installation, tree removal and slope stabilization.
The Metropolitan District Commission filed a second lawsuit against the state, alleging that DEEP is responsible for PFAS contamination in the groundwater from the closed Hartford landfill, reported the Stamford Advocate.
“We do have an ongoing issue at the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority’s trash-to-energy plant (MIRA) plant, with not only its two turbines, but the possibility of relocating it or tearing that down and rebuilding on the same location,” said Senator Kevin Witkos. “At the end of the day it’s incumbent on us in the state to address our trash to energy versus shipping our stuff out of state to landfills.”
According to Executive Director Thomas Kirk, the agency could begin a three year construction project by the end of 2020. MIRA will hold a meeting on Jan. 8 with municipalities to pitch the remodeling plan, reported the Stamford Advocate.