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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Environmental officials in Connecticut are cleaning up firefighting foam that’s ended up in local waterways following last week’s deadly crash of a B-17 bomber.
NBC Connecticut reports on Monday that the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has set up containment booms and is using vacuum trips to remove foam from Rainbow Brook, Watts Pond and Farmington River.
The station says officials are also testing the water for PFAS and other chemicals used in firefighting foam. The chemicals are linked to cancer, infant developmental issues and other health risks.
Seven people were killed when the vintage plane crashed last Wednesday after taking off from Bradley International Airport. The pilot reported a problem with an engine, turned back and touched down before losing control and crashing into a de-icing facility.
Information from: WVIT-TV, http://www.nbcconnecticut.com