What are PFAS substances? Where do they come from? And why are they damaging?
A February 2021 review of Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)—also known as the “forever chemical”—was presented to the Select Board focusing on potential sources in Nantucket. This baseline report of the “PFAS Cycle” from Town of Nantucket consultant CDM Smith—along with their recommendations—will assist the Town of Nantucket to develop a PFAS Management Plan for the island.
The Town’s consultant, CDM Smith, presented a report to the Select Board in February 2021 on their initial review of potential sources of Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) on Nantucket. The goal of their initial evaluation was to look at these sources, their transport mechanisms, and their ability to reach important receptors, namely groundwater, establishing the overall “PFAS Cycle” on Nantucket.
The Town will use this information along with the recommendations provided to proceed with creating a PFAS Management Plan for the island. The report can be found on the Town’s website: Final PFAS Risk Assessment Report
The MA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced earlier this year that they will be sampling a limited number of private drinking wells from municipalities across the state. Their private well sampling program is targeting towns where 60% or more of residents rely on private wells. Nantucket has been included in this sampling program based on summer population data. Residents can sign up for this sampling program and get more information from the state’s website and can reference some FAQs on the state’s sampling program HERE