County Commissioner Says PFAS Is A Priority

BARNSTABLE – Barnstable County commissioners are prioritizing groundwater protection from PFAS chemicals.

In a NewsCenter interview, Commissioner Mark Forest says they are anxious to move forward on the next round of cleanup at the former regional firefighter training site in Hyannis.

“We sent over to the Assembly of Delegates back in January, a proposal to fund this work. That proposal is still being looked at.”

Forest says that’s not the only hotspot.

“As commissioners, we’ve been very aggressive in calling on the Air Force to provide funding and resources to the Upper Cape towns to deal with the water supply impacts, and we’ve been successful in convincing the Air Force to step up, particularly in Falmouth and in Mashpee.”

Forest notes that technology is improving to detect contamination in groundwater.

He adds that Cape Cod towns can expect legal settlements to arrive in the near future to help deal with the PFAS community impact.

For more audio from that interview, click on the media player above.

Click here to visit the Barnstable County PFAS mitigation page.

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By Jim McCabe, NewsCenter

About Jim McCabe

Jim McCabe is a native of (suburban) Philadelphia who has lived in New England and covered Cape Cod news since 2016. He is also the play-by-play announcer for the Cape-based Seahawks Hockey Club .
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