PFAS treatment projects in New Fairfield and Danbury will be paid for with federal funding. The per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances are a group of chemicals used to make fluoropolymer coatings and products that resist heat, oil, stains, grease, and water.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the funding for Connecticut last week. The state will also use some of the more than $53 million dollars in funding from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for water infrastructure improvements and lead line replacement projects in New London and Waterbury. The grant marks the first significant distribution of water infrastructure funds under the bill.
5th District Congresswoman Jahana Hayes says the PFAS projects in Danbury and New Fairfield will remove harmful chemicals that threaten the health of children and families and are known to cause lifelong illnesses.