This internet radio show or podcast is number 175 in the series for Franklin Matters.
This recording shares Town Administrator Jamie Hellen’s statement on the ‘hot topic’ around the old turf carpet stored at the Beaver St field since the new turf was replaced in 2017.
This is one of the shorter podcasts I have shared recently but as Jamie mentions in his statement
“as we've been advised by the town attorney, will not be making too many more public statements other than what I'm am able to say tonight”I thought it important to share his audio as extracted from the Town Council meeting Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019. The statement runs approx 6 minutes.
The show notes summarize what we know and what we do not know as well as provide the link to the text document with the transcription of Jamie’s statement.
|bags of the acrylic coated infill ready for install at FHS in August 2017|
|new turf carpet being installed at Beaver St field in August 2017|
What we know:
- The prior conversations around the field replacements (completed in 2017) were centered around the crumb rubber infill. The Town spent more for an acrylic coated infill (which apparently was installed), the issue now is not with the infill but the with chemicals used to treat the carpet itself.
- A third party filed a complaint with DEP about the old turf stored at the Beaver St fields
- Article in TheIntercept about PFAS found in the turf itself https://theintercept.com/2019/10/08/pfas-chemicals-artificial-turf-soccer/
- Article in the Boston Globe alleging potential issues with the water supply and shared via Franklin Matters https://www.franklinmatters.org/2019/10/we-will-work-with-dep-to-resolve-matter.html
- The Franklin community on Facebook reacts in the conversation around the article and issue
- Town Administrator Jamie Hellen makes statement at Town Council meeting 10/16/19 https://drive.google.com/open?id=14VSvuZvTifTbeHO4bWFtIy2YxVdjRF4O
What we don’t know:
- What happened to the Conservation Commission mitigation measures from when the field was first installed (in 2004?)?
- Where was the old carpet and bags of unused infill taken?
- While PFAS in the water supply was tested by Town of Franklin in 2018 and is not mandated by Fed/State for testing now, is PFAS still being tested by ToF now?
- What will the State and/or Federal agencies do with PFAS and the recent revelations (if anything)?
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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana" c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.
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