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State Monitoring Rainbow Brook, Watts Pond and Farmington River for Firefighting Foam After B-17 Crash

State environmental officials are monitoring Rainbow Brook, Watts Pond and Farmington River for firefighting foam after the B-17 crash at Bradley Airport on Wednesday.

Foam surfaced at Watts Pond, an outflow of Rainbow Brook, and further downstream on the brook near Stevens Mill Road, according to a Department of Energy and Environmental Protection spokesperson.

Rainbow Brook flows south of Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks.

DEEP staff said they set up containment booms at these locations and used vacuum trucks to clean up the foam.

Surface water samples have been collected from Rainbow Brook and the Farmington River and will be analyzed for PFAS and other chemicals associated with the incident. Results are still expected to be released in the next week.

PFAS is a group of thousands of man-made chemicals that are widely used in consumer products, including products ranging from nonstick cookware to waterproof clothing to carpets to food packaging materials. According to DEEP and the state Department of Public Health, PFAS have been linked to health risks ranging from developmental effects in fetuses and infants to certain forms of cancer.

Officials from DEEP ask anyone who sees foam to report it to DEEP at 860-424-3338.

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