Health Advisory Following Emergency Incident at BDL

Wednesday October 23, 2019

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Connecticut Department of Public Health are holding a second community information meeting regarding the PFAS chemical release into the lower Farmington River.

The meeting will be on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 7:00 PM at the Windsor Town Hall.

At this meeting the state agencies will provide information on surface water testing, testing of fish tissue and upcoming soil, well and sediment testing.   There also will be information provided on DEEP’s response and clean-up activities related to the tragic crash at Bradley earlier this month.

Monday October 7, 2019

View the attached document for an update from the State Department of Energy & Environmental Protection regarding the environmental impacts associated with the October 2, 2019 B-17 plane crash at Bradley International Airport.

Saturday October 5, 2019

The CT DEEP informed the Windsor Health Department late Friday afternoon that foam material has been observed near the outfall of the Rainbow Brook where it meets the Farmington River. According to DEEP this is likely due to Thursday’s rain. DEEP and contractors will be on the scene this week continuing to monitor and clean up the brook and the pond located in Windsor Locks north of Route 20. There is still no observation of foam in the MDC sanitary system.

DEEP has collected surface water samples from Rainbow Brook and the Farmington River. The samples will be analyzed for PFAS and other chemicals associated with the incident. Results are expected in approximately 1 week. The existing fish consumption advisory remains in place for the Farmington River downstream of Rainbow Dam. Based on information available to DEEP and the State Department of Public Health no private wells are at risk from firewater runoff containing PFAS or other substances originating from the incident discharging to Rainbow Brook.

Wednesday October 2, 2019

The Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Town of Windsor are alerting the public to a potential discharge of firefighting foam into the Farmington River in Windsor originating from the Bradley International Airport emergency incident on October 2, 2019.

The public is advised not to come into contact with foam they may encounter on the Farmington River or the river banks, as well as to not take or consume fish from the river.

Additionally, the public is advised to not come into contact with any foam which may come from storm drains, manholes or catch basins.

This advisory will remain in place while officials evaluate the potential impact to the watershed.

Town officials are working closely with DPH and will continue to provide updates to this site as they become available.