Residents Meet About Chemical Spill In Farmington River | Connecticut Public Radio

Residents Meet About Chemical Spill In Farmington River

Jul 2, 2019

Residents and state officials met in Windsor on Tuesday, following a chemical spill last month that sent thousands of gallons of contaminated water into the Farmington River.

The spill released PFAS, a class of chemicals linked to a variety of adverse health effects — including liver toxicity.  

Ray Frigon with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, said the most recent tests show levels of PFAS near the spill site have “reduced dramatically” since the June accident. 

“However I would venture to say that the concentration appears slightly elevated from what we would expect,” Frigon said.

Frigon said testing is ongoing. And that sampling of fish tissue to check for contamination will begin next week.

In the meantime, state health officials continue to advise anglers to avoid eating fish caught from the Farmington River in the vicinity of Windsor.

Frigon said that ban is expected to extend throughout most of the summer.