A Toxic Spill On The Farmington River Brings Attention To PFAS Chemicals
An accident at Bradley International Airport caused tens of thousands of gallons of firefighting foam to leak into the Farmington River in June. That foam contains PFAS, a group of chemicals linked to serious health risks.
This hour, we take a look at how this accident happened, and what threats it poses to our health and environment. Here in Connecticut, some lawmakers are just learning about the risks of these “forever chemicals”.
We also hear from New Hampshire, where activists have been pushing for action on PFAS water contamination for years.
Do you enjoy spending time on the Farmington River? Are you worried about the impact of these chemicals on your health?
- Greg Hladky - Environment reporter for the Hartford Courant (@GregoryBHladky)
- Annie Ropeik - Environmental Reporter for New Hampshire Public Radio (@aropeik)
- Representative Jonathan Steinberg - State Representative for Westport; co-Chair of the Public Health Committee in the Connecticut General Assembly
- Dr. Charles Button - Windsor resident and professor of Geography at CCSU
- David Stradling - Professor of History at University of Cincinnati, and co-author of Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland
Chion Wolf contributed to this show.