Leaders to Discuss Clean Up of Firefighting Foam in Farmington River

It's been one month since toxic firefighting foam flowed into the Farmington River putting neighbors and wildlife in the area at risk.

On Monday, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Governor Ned Lamont will address those concerns and provide more details on the clean up and recovery processes.

Fifty thousand gallons of firefighting foam containing a chemical called PFAS leaked from an airport hangar at Bradley International Airport into the Farmington River.

PFAS is a toxic chemical used to fight fires, but Senator Blumenthal said it can cause serious health effects including cancer, liver damage, decreased fertility and increased risk of asthma and thyroid disease.

Last week, people who live in Windsor packed town hall and demanded answers as to how this happened and why they weren't notified.

State officials said the latest testing of the river reveals a dramatic reduction in the presence of PFAS, but they are still recommending that if you caught fish in the river, you don't eat it.

Concerned environmental leaders want PFAS banned, but leaders at Bradley International Airport said the Federal Aviation Administration requires it because of its effectiveness.

State officials are expected to continue testing the river this week.

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