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“A working group chosen by the City of Henderson to study dangerous chemicals recently revealed to have been found around a local business will have its first meeting Monday.

‘We want to gather as much information about it as we can and figure out the best way to communicate it back to the public,’ said Donna Stinnett, city spokeswoman.

Louisville NPR affiliate WFPL reported Nov. 8 that Henderson officials have known about perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances — commonly referred to as PFAS or ‘forever chemicals’ — left in the ground and air surrounding Shamrock Technologies’ facilities. Shamrock recycles Teflon products; the PFAS molecules are a byproduct of that process.

The 16-member PFAS Working Group, which will meet at 4 p.m., includes citizens as well as representatives from local organizations and government. Stinnett said city officials chose representatives relevant to the issue. It will be chaired by City Commissioner Brad Staton.

Other members include:

  • Brenna Caudill, citizen
  • Velvet Dowdy, citizen
  • Kaycee Garner, citizen
  • Chad Phillips, citizen
  • Deborah Hoda, Henderson Chapter NAACP
  • Clayton Horton, Green River District Health Department
  • Tom Williams, Henderson Water Utility
  • Kevin Roberts, Henderson Water Utility
  • Monty Parrish, Henderson County Flood Mitigation Board
  • Greg Pritchett, Henderson County Riverport Authority
  • Missy Vanderpool, Henderson Economic Development
  • Eric Gardner, Henderson County Chamber of Commerce
  • Tim Southard, Fiscal Court magistrate
  • Austin Vowels, Henderson city commissioner
  • Donna Stinnett, Henderson public information officer.

Citizen members expressed an interest in serving on the group during a City Commission meeting, Stinnett said.”…