Soil and water

Chemicals found in groundwater by Shamrock Technologies

HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) – City of Henderson officials have learned that Shamrock Technologies has reported finding a chemical called PFAS in the soil and groundwater around its facilities and reported it to officials at the facility. state environment.

PFAS are a group of chemicals found in items such as food packaging, fabrics and cleaning products.

“It’s a pretty common substance, but there isn’t a lot of regulation around it,” Henderson Mayor Steve Austin said.

Henderson City officials say PFAS has been linked to health problems in recent years, especially because it decomposes very slowly and can build up in the environment, humans and animals. Mayor Austin wanted to make sure the city’s drinking water was safe.

“We got very active checking our water, checking everything to make sure we didn’t have any issues with our drinking water and in fact we didn’t,” Austin said.

He says they didn’t think it was a big concern because the drinking water was safe.

“We didn’t care much about it because there was no problem with our water,” Austin said.

The mayor says the city is now forming a task force to help better understand the PFAS chemicals and how they might affect the community.

“I think the goal is to be better informed about the issues of PFA, PFE,” Austin said. “Learn more about the contact situation, how it moves and how people come into contact with it, and what we can do to make it the best possible situation. “

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