By: Bronwen Howells Walsh
Excerpt: "With the population of Barnstable about to triple with summer residents, what exactly do we know about Hyannis water?
“I drink the water. I test it. I know it’s safe,” said Hans Keijser, superintendent of the Barnstable Water Supply Division.
“Hyannis residents are drinking clean water without being exposed at this time,” said Tom Cambareri, water resources program manager at the Cape Cod Commission, which is monitoring 40 wells on the Cape, 10 of them in the Hyannis water system.
That’s good progress for a town whose water the Environmental Protection Agency in 2015 said was in the top 1 percent of the nation’s worst highly fluorinated chemical (PFOS) contamination levels.
Keijser and Cambareri were in the audience Wednesday at Barnstable Town Hall for a public summit on Highly Fluorinated Chemicals in Drinking Water, which was co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, Sierra Club and GreenCAPE.
Speakers included Laurel Schaider, a research scientist at the Newton Silent Spring Institute, which researches the environment and women’s health; Phil Brown, professor of sociology and health sciences at Northeastern University, Boston; Courtney Carignan, research fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chang School of Public Health; Sylvia Broude, executive director of Toxics Action Center, which works with communities to prevent or clean up pollution at the local level; and, attending via Skype, Michelle Dalton and Alayna Davis, co-founders of Testing for Pease, a community action group formed on behalf of those impacted by PFC water contamination at the former Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, New Hampshire."