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Westfield Awarded Grant To Address PFAS Contamination

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WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

      The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection awarded $3 million this week to 17 public water systems to help address PFAS contamination.

     In western Massachusetts, the Westfield Department of Public Works was awarded a grant of nearly $180,500 as reimbursement for completed planning and design work.

     In 2018, Westfield officials approved a $13 million bond to build filtration systems after PFAS was found in three wells.

     As of January, all public water suppliers in Massachusetts are now required to test for PFAS. 

     WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Kathleen Baskin, Assistant Commissioner for MassDEP.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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