WINDSOR, Conn. (WTNH) — The town of Windsor, alongside the Department of Public Health has issued a health advisory after the accident due to “a potential discharge of fire fighting foam into the Farmington River in Windsor.”
Read the full statement below:
“The Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Town of Windsor are alerting the public to a potential discharge of firefighting foam into the Farmington River in Windsor originating from the Bradley International Airport emergency incident on October 2, 2019.
The public is advised not to come into contact with foam they may encounter on the Farmington River or the river banks, as well as to not take fish from the river.
Additionally, the public is advised to not come into contact with any foam which may come from storm drains, manholes or catch basins.
This advisory will remain in place while officials evaluate the potential impact to the watershed.
Town officials are working closely with DPH and will continue to provide updates to this site as they become available.”TOWN OF WINDSOR AND DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
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The contaminates released include Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF), glycol and fuel.
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)’s Emergency Spill Response staff remain on the scene at the airport and areas to clean the contaminants.
DEEP has been utilizing vacuum trucks and booms to contain and remove chemicals. Contaminated soil in the surrounding areas is also being removed. They are also quickly assessing where any drainage may go at this time.
DEEP does not believe that there is any impacts of the drainage going in to nearby sewer. The MDC has not seen any foam build-up but will keep booms positioned as a precaution at this time.
At a news conference Thursday afternoon, DEEP announced that between 700 and 800 gallons of the firefighting foam was involved in the emergency response at Bradley, and that they are not sure how much of the foam has made its way into the Rainbow Brook.
The concern is not only for the brook, but for the Farmington River, into which the brook feeds. Officials believe there is no cause for environmental alarm. They say workers’ efforts to contain water that may have the foam in it are paying off.
The Department of Public Health Commissioner has advised the public to stay away from the foam and continue to not take fish from the water in the affected areas.
News8 found clean up efforts focused on Rainbow Brook immediately adjacent to the airport Thursday, but eleven other locations are also being sampled for the PFAS chemicals.
They expect test results on the water samples to come back in about a week.
Peter Zuck with DEEP says a lot of the contaminants have been captured so far.
The advisory will remain in effect until at least the first round of test results come back.