Bill filed to test and treat contaminated drinking water across the state


BARRY: GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO 22NEWS AT 5:30. I’M BARRY KRIGER. CIARA: AND I’M CIARA SPELLER. CIARA: GOVERNOR BAKER IS WORKING WITH STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS TO TEST AND TREAT CONTAMINATED DRINKING WATER. BARRY: 22NEWS STATE HOUSE REPORTER JODI REED IS LIVE IN BOSTON TO EXPLAIN HOW THE GOVERNOR’S PLAN COULD HELP ONE CITY HERE IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS. JODI REED: ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION WORKERS HAVE FOUND HIGH LEVELS OF THE CHEMICAL “POLYFLUOROALKYL.” OR P-FAS IN WESTFIELD, WHICH PROMPTED GOVERNOR BAKER TO TAKE ACTION. ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, 8 MASSACHUSETTS COMMUNITIES TESTED POSITIVE FOR HIGH LEVELS OF CONTAMINATION IN THEIR PUBLIC WATER SUPPLIES. A SUPPLEMENTAL SPENDING BILL FILED ON FRIDAY WOULD DIRECT 8.4 MILLION DOLLARS TO TEST DRINKING WATER FOR PFAS CONTAMINATION. IT ALSO CALLS FOR ANOTHER 20 MILLION DOLLARS TO SUPPORT PFAS REMOVAL PROJECTS. MOST OF THE PFAS DRINKING WATER CONTAMINATION WAS FOUND NEAR MILITARY BASES, LINKED TO CHEMICALS FOUND IN FIREFIGHTING FOAM. WESTFIELD IS THE ONLY WESTERN MASSACHSUSETTS CITY TO MAKE THE LIST. WESTFIELD RESIDENTS THERE HAVE BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT THE THEIR WATER SUPPLY FOR YEARS. ESPECIALLY NEAR BARNES AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE. JODI REED: IF THE FUNDING’S APPROVED, GOVERNOR BAKER AND ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICIALS PLAN TO USE IT TO IMPROVE THE WATER QUALITY IN AREAS OF THE STATE THAT NEED IT MOST. IN BOSTON, JODI REED 22NEWS.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *