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Posted on: July 6, 2020

Airport Investigating and Responding to PFAS Detection

For Immediate Release:

Airport Investigating and Responding to PFAS Detection 

[Nantucket, MA 7/6/2020] Nantucket Memorial Airport has responded to concerns about the presence of Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) in drinking water down-gradient from the Airport property associated with the release of firefighting foam during tests mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration. Working with a licensed environmental consultant, the Airport learned that some, but not all drinking water wells in the affected area show PFAS levels in excess of reportable concentrations set by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

Where warranted by the test results, the Airport has immediately provided affected residents with bottled drinking water and has initiated the installation in those homes of a point-of-entry treatment (“POET”) filtering system, which has proven effective in removing PFAS from drinking water.

The bottled water and the POET installation have been provided at the Airport’s expense. Each POET systems costs approximately $20,000.

PFAS compounds are found in many industrial, household and consumer products in addition to firefighting foam.

The Airport continues to work with its consultant in determining whether further testing and remedial action is mandated. It is also exploring the availability of reimbursement for its PFAS-related expenses from FAA, other government agencies, as well as potentially responsible third parties.

The Airport has also taken steps to ensure that there is no further release of fire-fighting foam into the environment as a result of required equipment testing. (END)

For more information please contact Noah J. Karberg, Assistant Airport Manager.  Phone: 508-325-7531. Email:

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