Benner Township has recently become aware that that State of Pennsylvania did random water testing for PFAS across the state. One of the wells tested was located in Benner Township at the State of the Art facility which is located across from the University Park Airport. PFAS was found in this well. (Click here to read the Press Release from the Wolf Administration 12/5/2019) The Township Board of Supervisors have reached out to University officials as PFAS is known to be in high levels in fire fighting foams that are required to be used at airports. Below is the press release that we were given from the University:
David Gray in early January appointed a task force led by Office of Physical Plant professionals who are expected to guide a comprehensive response to potential PFAS contamination at the airport or in surrounding University property. Penn State, at the request of DEP, is currently sampling several wells at the airport (none of which are used for drinking water) but we do not yet have results. Members of the task force include a number of individuals with expertise in water issues, including a representative from Environmental Health and Safety. The task force also includes the director of airport operations for Penn State. Once we have official results from testing, we will know more and be able to share accurate information. Penn State will follow all guidance provided by both EPA and DEP in this evolving area, and remains committed to protecting groundwater in the region. For more information on Pennsylvania’s PFAS Action Team Initial Report please go to https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/20191205-PFAS-Action-Team-Initial-Report-Pennsylvania.pdf
As we receive more information, we will continue to update this page.