An article about contaminated water in Wainscott in the April 4 edition of The Independent was unclear about when East Hampton Town officials were first made aware of the problem.
Si Kinsella was chairman of the Wainscott Citizens Advisory Committee’s environmental committee when he repeatedly warned that the town’s private drinking wells were contaminated, and first suggested a “private well survey” in January 2017.
As part of the Wainscott Hamlet Study, Kinsella also wrote to the town’s consultants (copied to the East Hampton Town Board), requesting greater protection of the shallow aquifer, specifically south of East Hampton Airport.
At a meeting in March 2017, he specifically mentioned potential PFC contamination near the airport in the presence of the environmental subcommittee and the town board’s liaison Kathee-Burke Gonzalez, as well as Suffolk County legislator Bridget Fleming.
Kinsella testified at a water quality hearing hosted by New York State Senator Kemp Hannon in Smithtown in September 2016 about the matter and later discussed the possible relationship between PFCs and the airport in March 2017. Hannon’s post-water quality hearing report, released in January 2017, highlighted concerns regarding PFC contamination of potable water near airports. “If the town is complicit in the delay, it could be held to be negligent,” Kinsella said.