18. Why did it take a year for PFAS testing to be discussed by BoH and for action to be taken?

(i.e. compost being pulled from the dump and new more precise tests being taken)?

The Town is currently evaluating island-specific risk to PFAS, including compost use, and subsequent risk mitigation actions, as warranted.  It is essential that subsequent actions be based on sound science and collection of samples using MassDEP sampling protocols. The Town and Contractor, Waste Options, agree that the 2020 MassDEP Approval of Suitability (AOS) permit compost sampling PFAS results will be used to discuss risk mitigation actions with the Board of Health and other public stakeholders.  

As part of the Town’s public outreach strategy, the PFAS results from the independent sampling event and island-specific risk to PFAS will be made available to the community. A fact sheet on the island-specific risk to PFAS is scheduled to be released next month. The Town is also collaborating with North East Biosolids and Residuals Association (NEBRA) to prepare and distribute educational materials pertaining to PFAS in biosolids and compost, and potential use. The Town will continue to be compliant with MassDEP PFAS regulations as they evolve and will transparently communicate status to the public.

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1. 7. Are there public drinking water standards concerning PFAS?
2. 8. Does MassDEP have a program to support private (domestic) well testing?
3. 9. Does the aquifer that the Island gets groundwater from have PFAS in it?
4. 10. Can I hook up to public water? If Yes, how?
5. 11. Are septic systems or private wastewater treatment within a Zone II aquifer wellhead protection area regulated for PFAS? If so, how?
6. 12. Who is available to perform PFAS Sampling & Testing?
7. 13. Can PFAS drinking water or soil standards be applied to leachate or co-compost?
8. 14. Are private (domestic) wells located below (downgradient of) the landfill impacted by PFAS?
9. 15. Is there a plan to collect PFAS samples from the Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) and landfill site?
10. 16. Did Waste Options perform PFAS testing at the landfill in the summer of 2019?
11. 17. Even though 2019 PFAS testing was done with an imperfect method at the time (EPA 537), were the results found concerning?
12. 18. Why did it take a year for PFAS testing to be discussed by BoH and for action to be taken?
13. 19. Is there a plan to collect PFAS samples from the Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) and landfill site?