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PFC Contamination of Drinking Water in PA Communities Discussion Hosted by U.S. Senator Bob Casey

9/22/16
Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C.

On Thursday 9/22/16, UD Township Manager Paul Leonard and I participated in the Sen. Bob Casey’s Discussion of Contaminated Drinking water in PA. Participants included Congressmen Brendan Boyle and Patrick Meehan, and PA State Representative Todd Stephens as well as representative from DOD, CDC and EPA.


Results of the Meeting
1.
DOD agreed to provide a single person to be the point person representing all the various federal agencies and armed services so that state and local authorities will need only contact one person to reach the federal government.

2.
The DOD is working on remediating the toxins on the Willow Grove NAB. No definitive time line for completion at this point.

3.
DOD will reimburse Horsham and Warminster Townships for some of the cleanup costs they have incurred. Further reimbursement is under discussion.

4.
EPA has a health advisory for PFOS & PFOAS of 70 ppt. This is an advisory only – not enforceable. The EPA and CDC are doing studies to determine the health risk before they recommend levels that will be enforceable.

5.
Horsham Water Authority cannot force Aqua to provide water at 1 ppt. They can only recommend.

6. NJ is asking the EPA to be allowed to lower their levels to 14 ppt. They have not set the levels to 14 ppt – it is only a proposal.

7.
The federal response will clearly take place with an eye toward national precedence. The EPA, DOD, and CDC all appear to be focused on State permits, national health standards, and consistencies for what will likely be an expanding number of sites contaminated with this product.

8.
Aqua PA has agreed to help fund the immediate reduction of these contaminats particularly storm water entering into the Neshaminy Creek as that is a major source of water for Upper Dublin.

9. Horsham Township Manager, Bill Walker and State Representative Todd Stephens, pressed the federal government that this containment needs to be cleaned up immediately.

10. It would cost between 30 and 40 million dollars to do the proper studies to access the health impacts.

11. Horsham Township is consistently pressing for immediate studies in their area because it is very likely that many of their residents have long-term exposures to these contaminants.


12. DOD will resubmit its individual clean up permit application to Pennsylvania DEP in November.

Particpants

Bob Casey, U.S. Senator from PA
Maureen Sullivan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health)
Mark Correll, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Environment, Safety and Infrastructure)
Richard Mach, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Environment)
Richard McCoy, U.S. Air Force National Guard Bureau
Dr. Pat Breysse, Director of National Center on Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Eric Wortman, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Eric Burneson, Director of the Standards and Risk Management Division in the Office of Water, Environmental Protection Agency
Cecil Rodrigues, Deputy Regional Administrator, EPA Region 3
Sasha Brown, Pennsylvania State & Congressional Liaison, EPA Region 3
Karen Johnson, Water Protection Division, EPA Region 3
Steve Hirsch, Hazardous Site Division, EPA Region 3
Brendan Boyle, Congressman 13th District
Patrick Meehan, Congressman 7th District
Todd Stephens, PA Representative 151st District
Bill Walke, Manager, Horsham Township
Tina O’Rourke, Manager, Horsham Water and Sewer Authority
Gregg Schuster, Manager, Warminster Township
Tim Hagey, Manager, Warminster Water Authority
Barry Luber, Manager, Warrington Township
Christian Jones, Director of Water and Sewer/Assistant to the Manager, Warrington Township
Paul Leonard, Manager, Upper Dublin Township
Dr. Gary Scarpello, Commissioner, Upper Dublin Township
Ron Klink, (former Congressman from PA’s 4th) – Senior Policy Advisor at Nelson, Mullins, Riley, and Scarborough (on behalf of Governor Wolf’s administration)