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High readings for PFAS found in Montpelier and Newport wastewater plants

Feb 11, 2020
https://vtdigger.org/2020/02/05/high-readings-for-pfas-found-in-montpelier-and-newport-wastewater-plants/

The wastewater treatment plants in Montpelier and Newport have “significantly higher” PFAS concentrations in the discharge leaving their plants, according to a report out today from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. 

The two plants cited are the only ones that regularly accept landfill leachate for processing.

PFAS, which stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a family of widely used chemicals under scrutiny for their health impacts. Last year, lawmakers passed a law, Act 21, requiring the state Agency of Natural Resources to set drinking water standards for five PFAS compounds — PFOA, PFOS, PFHxS, PFHpA and PFNA. The agency is moving ahead with setting those standards at a combined 20 parts per trillion. 

The law also required ANR to come up with a plan for a statewide investigation into potential sources of PFAS contamination and to submit a report on managing landfill leachate, which is liquid contaminated with landfill pollutants. And the state had to submit a plan for regulating the chemicals in surface waters, which also came out Wednesday. 

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