Environmental advocates in Connecticut are urging the state to adopt a plan to address the toxic chemical PFAS. A state task force delivered the plan to the governor this week.
The plan recommends environmental testing at areas, like industrial sites, where PFAS was likely to be used and protocol for handling products containing PFAS. It also suggests developing a safe standard for PFAS levels in drinking water.
“PFAS are what they call forever chemicals. They’re in a lot of different things that we use, everything from cookware to waterproof clothing. And the chemicals actually accumulate in our bodies, in wildlife,” said Amanda Schoen with the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters.
“If all of the recommendations are passed, I think it’s a very good step, probably one of the more ambitious plans that a state could pass. And I think it needs to be a really broad, across the board process to make sure that we can monitor, restrict and get rid of these chemicals.”
About 50,000 gallons of water contaminated with PFAS spilled into the Farmington River earlier this year from a private airplane hangar at Bradley International Airport.