I am writing to address some of the misinformation being delivered in various media circles – in particular, the contemptuous maneuvering designed to sensationalize a valid concern without referencing facts. Specifically, the published levels of PFAS in the water at the NSMS/NSHS schools complex have been the target of fear-mongering by a few individuals who are politically motivated and have little interest in reality-based details. Please consider the following:
- The solar panels installed by Green Development at the Iron Mine Hill solar farm project have no potential health hazards, per the MSDS report provided to the town of North Smithfield Planning Department. To dismiss a similar installation and use in conjunction with the expansion of the parking lot at the Dr. Paul F. Joyce Athletic Complex to ostensibly, “protect our water,” is disingenuous and ludicrous – especially considering many school districts in the state of Massachusetts – considered to have the best schools in America – have installed solar canopies on school grounds. I am happy to provide examples. Please see the attached MSDS report for details.
- The turf installed at the football field – now Veterans Memorial Stadium – in 2008 may well have contained PFAS materials. In fact, we will likely never know, since testing for and analysis of PFAS did not start until 2009. It’s easy to find fault with an installation when the facts are not specifically determinable. It’s also quite reckless.
- The new turf at VMS, installed less than two years ago, does not contain harmful levels of PFAS – and my compliments (go out) to all those in the North Smithfield School Department involved in the procurement of the FieldTurf. It is possible to do things the right way, which I believe the NSSD has proven.
The manufacturer of the turf field (FieldTurf Tarkett) stated that our VMS turf, “meets the federal government requirements.” How do I know that? I asked. I requested information and received documentation and facts. I personally am much more inclined to believe the sources as referenced and the federal government than Facebook fantasies and blatherings only intended to bash political opponents. I remain hopeful the leadership of both town and schools in North Smithfield will evaluate the facts and reach rational conclusions in how to move forward with improving the Athletic Complex, and dismiss the maniacal ramblings of those who thrive on negativity alone.