Read the full article by Jeff Malachowski (MetroWest Daily News)

“The town has reached a settlement with the three companies deemed responsible for causing elevated levels of a contaminant in the town’s drinking water last year.

The state Department of Environmental Protection last year attributed high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the town’s drinking water supply to Precision Coating Co. Inc., Boyd Coating Research Co. Inc. and Dylan, LLC. The contaminant was introduced into the town’s water system through the groundwater via the companies’ septic system and the air through the heating, ventilating and air conditioning system. 

Prolonged exposure to the substance has been linked to increased risk of cancer, as well as medical problems, involving the kidneys.

Under terms of the settlement — which was reached Oct. 29 — Precision Coating will transfer to the town its ownership of the granulated activated carbon treatment system that has been removing PFAS from the Cranberry Bog Well. That system is valued at $1.6 million, according to a press release from the town of Hudson.”…