The City of Henderson has formed a PFAS Working Group to address the local impact of environmental issues.
Specifically, the group will focus on a common group of plastics called Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, often referred to as PFAS.
They are found in a wide range of consumer and industrial products. PFAS have been found to break down slowly over time causing build-up in the environment, people, and animals.
The Henderson group will coordinate with environmental experts to learn more about PFAS concerns and issues. The group will then share that information with local leaders and the public.
The safety of the community's drinking water will be a top priority. Henderson Water Utility General Manager Tom Williams has indicated the city's drinking water is monitored closely and is safe.
However, in 2020, Shamrock Technologies, Inc. reported finding PFAS in the soil and groundwater around their facilities. According to the city, the Henderson-based company is working closely with the Kentucky Energy and Environmental Cabinet to assess the levels and locations of PFAS in the community.
The cabinet has indicated PFAS was not found in wells that were tested near the Shamrock facilities. The city did not indicate which property the positive results came from. Shamrock has two locations within Henderson city limits.
This comes on the heels of a new strategic plan launched by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to better understand and regulate the use of PFAS.
“The EPA’s recent actions along with our own efforts to learn more about PFAS and its potential impacts on our community-led us to the conclusion we need to act now,” said Donna Stinnett, the city’s public information officer and its lead representative on the PFAS Working Group. “As public servants, our No. 1 priority is to protect our citizens and our community. In this case, we need to know more, so we’re bringing together a team to focus on this issue.”