Jan 02, 2020

Connecticut to Use $750,000 for Pollution Controls

$750,000 in funding will be used for Connecticut’s anti-pollution controls, which includes mitigating PFAS ridden-landfills.

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Connecticut’s environmental officials will use $750,000 in funding for anti-pollution controls and improvements at five old state-supervised landfills, two of which are polluted with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

The money will be used at closed landfills once operated by the former Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, according to the Hartford Courant.

“We know landfills are absolutely a source of PFAS in the environment,” said Raymond Frigon, assistant director of the state environmental remediation division.

According to Anne Hulick, Connecticut director of Clean Water Action, state officials will need at least $1 million in 2020 for PFAS testing and monitoring.

Tests at the former landfills in Hartford and Ellington have shown both old dumps are leaking high levels of PFAS chemicals into the groundwater, reported the Hartford Courant. In Ellington, drinking water wells at two nearby homes were also found to have elevated levels of PFAS.

Improvements at the Hartford landfill include: repairs to the groundwater control pumping system; repairs to the methane gas wellheads; repairs to the landfill cap; and remediation erosion due to aging storm water control systems, reported the Hartford Courant.

At the Enfield landfill, work will include the continued provision of bottled water to homes where PFAS contamination was found and the design and installation of drinking water treatment systems.

According to the Hartford Courant, other improvements and repairs at former CRRA landfills in Waterbury, Shelton and Wallingford include: fence installation and replacement; liner repairs and slope stabilization; and removal of trees and branches endangering power lines to pumping stations. 

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