MassDEP discusses water contamination issues with some Westfield homes
They are all located on Lower Sandy Hill Road, which is four-and-a-half miles away from Barnes Air National Guard Base – the party likely responsible for the contamination, according to the state.
The lifetime health advisory level for the contaminants in question – referred to as PFCs – is 70 parts per trillion.
These new numbers show how many wells are well over that limit.
You could find them in clothing, carpets, cleaning materials, food packaging, and the list goes on.
Westfield residents like Mello have learned a lot about PFCs.
Last year, when the Environmental Protection Agency raised its lifetime health advisory level of the contaminants to 70 parts per trillion, Westfield took two of its wells offline because they exceeded that new limit.
In an email to Western Mass News, MassDEP spokesperson Peter Czapienski said "Eventually, the Air National Guard will conduct a ‘nature and extent evaluation’ to determine how far off base the compounds have migrated."
This new report details testing results at private wells in the city.
Three homes produced a number well over EPA’s limit of 70 parts per trillion.
281 Lower Sandy Hill Road – 141 parts per trillion 289 Lower Sandy Hill Road – 787 parts per trillion 285 Lower Sandy Hill Road – 864 parts per trillion: more than 12 times EPA’s advisory level Czapienski added that "MassDEP has installed drinking water treatment systems in the homes that were above the health advisory.