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Officials in Kingston say they’ll wait for more data before taking action on potential water contamination around a long-dormant Superfund site.
The Ottati and Goss Superfund site, off Route 125 near the Newton town line, is surrounded by campgrounds, homes, businesses and a popular swimming and fishing area, Country Pond.
EAST KINGSTON -- A septic services company was identified as the likely source of PFAS contamination in several private wells in town, according to the state Department of Environmental Services.
Biological Recycling Company of 79 North Road receives compost and sludge from septic haulers and spreads it over roughly 13 acres of fields on the north end of its property along Sanborn Road. DES believes PFAS chemicals in the sludge have leached into the groundwater of nearby homeowners’ wells. DES spokesman Jim Martin said seven of 10 monitoring wells on the site tested above the state’s ambient groundwater standard for PFAS concentrations.
EAST KINGSTON — Some homeowners are being told to drink bottled water after tests found groundwater contamination from a septage processing facility on North Road.
The warning was issued as representatives from the state Department of Environmental Services prepare to hold an informational meeting with residents Thursday night to address concerns about the recent test results that showed four private wells exceeded the state’s groundwater quality standard for per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
NH Safe Water Alliance takes action on concerns about pfas waste handling
Maine DEP acted swiftly to address concerns about waste handling that contaminated a public water well and ruined a dairy farmer’s livelihood.
Maine DEP puts moratorium on sludge Landfarming in ME
Maine DEP moved swiftly to stop landfarming with PFAS-contaminated sludge until it can be determined if this activity complies with Maine Solid Waste Regulations.
Stratham well contaminated by pfas likely from fire station
Aqueous-film-forming-foams (AFFF) have been used historically for fire fighting and training exercises at military bases, airports and private training areas not just in NH but around the country and internationally. Some have contaminated groundwater and drinking water in NH, like in Concord and Brentwood. NHDES has asked fire stations with private wells to sample the water. See link below for the most recent update from NHDES.
Other State Policy Initiatives
Based on our analysis of the Summary Report and incorporation of new exposure models, we suggest the following MCLs be adopted by NHDES:
PFOA: <1 ppt (and no more than 3 ppt) based on application of the new transgenerational toxicokinetic model for PFOA exposure proposed by MN Department of Health (MN DH), and either selecting the effects on the mammary gland as the critical endpoint or applying additional uncertainty factors to account for these effects (See Appendix 1).
PFOS: 13 ppt based on application of the new transgenerational toxicokinetic model for PFOS exposure proposed by MN DH and selecting the immunotoxic effects as the critical endpoint (See Appendix 2).
PFNA: 1 ppt based on the application of exposure estimates specific for infants, the application of additional uncertainty factors to account for the short duration of exposure in the selected critical study, and use of a more representative half- life (See Appendix 3).
PFHxS: 30 ppt based on application of the new transgenerational toxicokinetic model for PFOS exposure proposed by MN DH and a more representative value for the volume of distribution (See Appendix 4).
Based on our calculations, the Minnesota model,2 which focuses on protecting the very vulnerable stage of early development, the MCLs for PFAS should be no higher than:
PFOA 3 ppt
PFOS 13 ppt
PFHxS 30 ppt
PFNA 1 ppt
In the meantime, state health officials no longer will be using federal health advisory guidelines for PFAS, which previously only targeted PFOS and PFOA at a combined 70-parts-per-trillion when found in drinking water.
The new health screening levels for drinking water in Michigan are:
“We intentionally designed them to be conservative,” said Jennifer Gray, a state toxicologist, after the presentation. That includes choosing modifying factors that would result in a minimal risk to the most vulnerable population: fetuses and babies, because of transmission through the placenta and breastmilk.
Much was revealed at yesterday’s meeting. NRDC announced that, in light of new studies that have emerged about the dangers of PFOA and PFOS even at extremely low levels, we are recommending that New York State set a combined maximum contaminant level (MCL) for PFOA and PFOS at a level between 2 and 5 parts per trillion (ppt). This is an update from the recommendation we included in a February 2018 petition to the Council of 4 to 10 ppt, which we amended in light of new information about the harmfulness of these chemicals at even very low levels. NRDC consultant Dr. Judith Schreiber explained further during an interview with Spectrum News.
“New Jersey is leading the way in addressing an issue of national importance by setting the first drinking water standards in the nation to protect the public from the health risks of these chemicals,” Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said. “We will continue to take strong actions to protect the health of our residents and the quality of our drinking water supplies.”
“All Michiganders deserve to know that we are prioritizing their health and are working every day to protect the water that is coming out of their taps,” Whitmer said.
According to Whitmer’s office, the state’s PFAS team, MPART, will form a science advisory workgroup to review existing and proposed “health-based” drinking water standards from around the country.
The goal is to establish maximum contaminant levels, or MCLs, for PFAS compounds that public supply operators would be required to comply with under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
The workgroup will present “public health goals” for PFAS in drinking water by July 1. The proposed regulations should be ready by Oct. 1, after which they’ll go through a more typical state rule-making process.
According to the DEQ, the workgroup will consider standards for the compounds PFOA, PFOS, PFBS, PFHxS and PFNA — the last of which is regulated at 13 parts-per-trillion (ppt) in New Jersey. That’s the only existing state PFAS drinking water standard in the country.
Beginning in the early 1960s, NRL conducted research on fire suppression that eventually led to one of the most far-reaching benefits to worldwide aviation safety -- the development of aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF).
One of the most versatile and familiar products of American chemical engineering, Teflon, was discovered by accident.
#PFAs was first detected in a dentist’s own blood samples while he was evaluating the use of fluoride in 1976. His work determined that there was “widespread human tissues with trace amounts of organic fluorocompounds derived from commercial products.” It was decades later in 1999 that the first NHANES blood testing was initiated.
Evidence of blood contamination in the 1970s. Early work to define human contamination by 3M chemicals was done not by the company but by dentists researching fluoride in the human body. Dr. Donald Taves of the University of Rochester's School of Medicine and Dentistry reported a surprising finding in a workup of a sample of his own blood. His analyses showed that some of the fluoride in his blood appeared to be organic, and unrelated to the types of fluoride added (controversially) to public drinking water supplies for purposes of dental hygiene.
See for yourself just how long the manufactures and the Department of Defense has known about the dangers of exposure to PFAS toxins. Documents uncovered date back to the early 1970s.
Learn what products may have PFAS chemicals in them.
Learn more about testing your water yourself. Granite State Analytical makes it easy. (we don’t receive any financial incentive from Granite State Analytical.
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