Connecticut Interagency PFAS Task Force
On November 4, 2019, Governor Ned Lamont officially released the PFAS Action Plan prepared by the Connecticut Interagency PFAS Task Force. The plan recommends a comprehensive series of actions to address per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in Connecticut.
- PFAS Action Plan, November 1, 2019
- Appendix to the PFAS Action Plan
- Response to Comments on Draft Action Plan
Over 400 public comments were received during the public comment period following the release of the Draft PFAS Action Plan. After review and careful consideration of each comment, the draft plan was revised, where appropriate, to reflect public input.
- bans certain firefighting foams
- authorizes an AFFF Take Back Program
- requires DEEP Identification of an Alternative Fluorine-Free Firefighting Foam.
Extensions for Class B PFAS Firefighting Foam Use are available.
DEEP and the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) are implementing the take-back and safe disposal of aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) containing PFAS from state and municipal fire departments.
In addition, DEEP is developing a Geographic Information System (GIS) project specific to potential PFAS sources for use as a tool to evaluate the vulnerability of sensitive receptors, including drinking water supplies and surface water bodies, to PFAS pollution. This GIS project will assist DEEP and DPH in prioritizing future site investigations throughout the state.
Furthermore, DEEP is planning initial testing at about one third of the state’s wastewater treatment plants. This testing will include analysis of influent to and effluent from the treatment facilities.
For more information on steps being taken by DEEP and DPH, please contact:
- Shannon Pociu - CT DEEP Remediation Division
- Lori Mathieu -CT DPG Environmental Health and Drinking Water Branch
- Pat Bisacky- CT DPH Drinking Water Section
Task Force Background
The Interagency PFAS Task Force was established by Governor Ned Lamont on July 8, 2019 to protect Connecticut residents and the environment from the harmful effects of PFAS. This Task Force, which was led by the DPH and DEEP and included representatives from a broad variety of state agencies, was tasked with delivering a PFAS Action Plan to Governor Lamont containing a comprehensive strategy to:
- Minimize human health risk for Connecticut residents,
- Minimize future releases of PFAS to the environment, and
- Identify, assess, and clean up historic releases of PFAS to the environment.
Task Force Timeline
September 18, 2019 - Task Force Meeting
PFAS Interagency Task Force Meeting - August 28, 2019
July 30, 2019 - Task Force Kick-Off Meeting
Task Force Webinars
- Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (Commissioner Katie Dykes, Task Force co-chair)
- Department of Public Health (Commissioner Renée Coleman-Mitchell, Task Force co-chair)
- Office of the Governor
- Office of the Attorney General
- Office of Planning and Management
- Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
- Connecticut Airport Authority
- Connecticut Military Department
- Connecticut State Colleges and Universities
- Department of Administrative Services
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Consumer Protection
- Department of Correction
- Department of Developmental Services
- Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
- Department of Transportation
- Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
- University of Connecticut
State of Connecticut Resources
- DEEP Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances
- DEEP Presentation - Public Information Session firefighting Foam Release to the Farmington River (July 2, 2019)
Other PFAS Resources
- US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): PFAS
- Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) PFAS Fact Sheets and Technical and Regulatory Document
- Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) - Environmental Risk Assessment of PFAS - Abstract Book (August 2019)
- SETAC Poster Presentations (August 2019)
- Windsor Climate Action Presentation - Farmington River Firefighting Foam Discharge (July 2, 2019)
- Vermont Agency of Natural Resources - Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Statewide Sampling Plan (June 2019)
- Washington Department of Ecology and Department of Health - Interim Chemical Action Plan for Per- and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances (January 2019)
- Michigan PFAS Science Advisory Panel's Scientific Evidence and Recommendations for Managing PFAS Contamination in Michigan (December 7, 2018)
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - PFAS Usage (February 13, 2018)