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Communities across the U.S. are responding to the PFAS contamination crisis by organizing and advocating for safe drinking water. This map shows sites with known contamination and where organizations are working for stronger health and environmental protections. Plug into a group working in your community, form a new group, or connect with others facing similar challenges.

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Is there a PFAS contamination site near you? Use our interactive map to find out.

* This map focuses on sites where PFAS have been detected in the environment (groundwater, soil, and surface water), or in drinking water where the contamination is linked to a specific source and not merely the result of testing a water supply system.

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Information about contamination sites comes from the PFAS Contamination Site Tracker, a project of the PFAS Project Lab at the Northeastern University.

Massachusetts Contamination Areas

  1. Barnes Air National Guard Base / Westfield-Barnes Regonal Airport
    Firefighting foam used at Barnes Air National Guard Base
    Location  Westfield, Massachusetts
    Date  2013
    PFAS contamination source  Military - Air National Guard Base

  2. Barnstable County Fire Rescue Training Academy / Barnstable Municipal Airport
    Firefighting foam used by Barnstable County Fire Rescue Training Academy and Barnstable Municipal Airport
    Location  Hyannis & Town of Barnstable, Massachusetts
    Date  2016
    PFAS contamination source  Fire Training Center; Civilian Airport

  3. Bedford Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant
    Firefighting foam used Bedford Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant
    Location  Bedford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
    Date  2017
    PFAS contamination source  Military-Naval Base

  4. Former Fort Devens / Devens Reserve Forces Training Area
    Firefighting foam used at Former Fort Devens; currently Devens Reserve Forces Training Area
    Location  Devens, Middlesex & Worcester Counties, Massachusetts
    Date  2017
    PFAS contamination source  Military

  5. Joint Base Cape Cod
    Firefighting foam used at Joint Air Force Base Cape Cod
    Location  Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    Date  2015
    PFAS contamination source  Military - Air Force Base

  6. Naval Air Station South Weymouth
    Firefighting foam used at Naval Air Station South Weymouth
    Location  Weymouth/Rockland/Abington, Massachusetts
    Date  2017
    PFAS contamination source  Military - Air National Guard Base

  7. Town of Ayer
    Firefighting foam used at Former Fort Devens; currently Devens Reserve Forces Training Area
    Location  Ayer, Massachusetts
    Date  2016
    Community response  Laurie Nehring, president of People of Ayer Concerned about the Environment, hopes the military will finance a new $4.2 million treatment plant to filter PFASs. “We expect the Defense Department will live up to its word,” she said. “If they don’t, we’ll be putting pressure on them in every way we can.” (Abel, Boston Globe. March 6 2018)
    PFAS contamination source  Military

  8. Westover Air Reserve Base
    Firefighting foam used at Westover Air Reserve Base
    Location  Hampden County, Massachusetts
    Date  2017
    PFAS contamination source  Military - Air Force Base



If you know about a contamination site in your state that is not shown on the map, fill out this form to have it added. Check back for updates about your state!

Massachusetts Community Groups

  1. GreenCAPE
    The Mission of GreenCAPE is to increase public awareness of the risks of pesticides and other chemicals to health and the vulnerability of the Cape Cod water supply. We educate the public and encourage the use of safer alternatives to polluting chemicals above the Cape's EPA-designated Sole-Source Aquifer--our only drinking water supply. We research, compile and distribute information about pesticides and other pollutants, and provide free informative events with the goal of ensuring clean water for the health of residents, visitors, wildlife and the local economy.
    Location  Hyannis, Barnstable, MA
    Contact Name  Sue Phelan
    Contact Email  info@GreenCAPE.org
    Contact Phone  508-494-0276

  2. Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition
    Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coaltion's mission is the ​prevention of environmental causes of breast cancer through community education, research advocacy, and changes to public policy.
    Contact Name  Cheryl Osimo
    Contact Email  cosimo@mbcc.org
    Contact Phone  508-246-3047

  3. People of Ayer Concerned About the Environment (PACE)
    PACE is a nonprofit organization formed originally to address environmental contamination issues stemming from the former Fort Devens, which is a superfund site. With the assistance of a TAG grant from EPA, we have overseen and had input into numerous remediation projects that impacted soil, groundwater and surface water. PFAS is a new chemical of concern found in public water supplies of both Ayer and Devens.
    Location  Ayer & Devens, MA- Worcester & Middlesex County
    Contact Name  Laurie Nehring
    Contact Email  LNehring100@gmail.com

  4. Westfield Residents Advocating for Themselves (WRAFT)
    Formed by a small group of concerned residents on February 22, 2017, WRAFT's mission is to provide community education and advocacy for the residents of Westfield, MA impacted by the pollution of their natural resources.
    Location  Westfield



​​​​​​If you are involved in a community organization working on PFAS and you don’t see your group listed, click here to have your group added to this page. 

If there are no community groups in your state, try contacting the National PFAS Contamination Coalitiona network of community groups working to address PFAS contamination across the country. You can also contact a coalition member near you to learn more and get involved.

Massachusetts PFAS Exposure and Health Studies

  1. ATSDR Multi-Site Health Study in Hyannis and Ayer, MA
    Location  Hyannis and Ayer
    Status  Ongoing
    Date  Beginning Fall 2019
    Type of study  Health study on human health effects of PFAS exposure through drinking water
    Study conducted by  Silent Spring Institute

  2. ATSDR PFAS Exposure Assessment in Hampden County, MA
    Location  Hampden County
    Status  Ongoing
    Date  2019
    Type of study  Exposure assessment
    Study conducted by  Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
    PFAS contamination source  Barnes Air National Guard Base

  3. PFAS-REACH Children's Health Study
    Location  Hyannis, MA and Pease Tradeport, NH
    Status  Ongoing
    Date  Enrollment beginning Fall 2019
    Type of study  Health study on the immunotoxic effects of PFAS exposure from drinking water on preschool aged children
    Study conducted by  Silent Spring Institute, Michigan State University, Northeastern University, Testing for Pease, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition



Some states have conducted their own blood testing to understand people's exposure to PFAS in areas with contaminated drinking water. In the fall of 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry launched a national health study on PFAS involving multiple communities across the country.

Do you know about a health study in your state that is not listed here? Fill out this form to have it added!

Wondering if a health study is right for your community? Boston University’s Department of Environmental Health has a guide for making informed decisions.

Massachusetts Agency Websites

  1. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection









What should you do if you happen to live or work near a PFAS contamination site?

  • Ask your local water supplier if they have tested the drinking water for PFAS and how they have reported (or failed to report) the results to the public.
  • If you have a private well, get your water tested. See our drinking water fact sheet to learn how.
  • Being close to a contamination site does not necessarily mean your drinking water is also contaminated. If you have questions or concerns, contact your state environmental or health department. Also see our list of resources for more information.

Information about contamination sites comes from the PFAS Contamination Site Tracker, a project of the PFAS Project Lab at Northeastern University. The tracker records qualitative and quantitative data from each known site of PFAS contamination, including a timeline of discovery, sources, levels, health impacts, and community and government responses. All data presented in the map were extracted from government websites, news articles, or publicly available documents, and are cited in the tracker.

If you know about a contamination site that is not shown on the map, fill out this form to have it added. Check back for updates!

The Environmental Working Group also maintains a map of PFAS contamination in the US. This map includes additional locations where PFAS were found in drinking water but the point source of contamination is unknown.
Silent Spring Institute Northeastern University--Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute Michigan State University Toxics Action Center Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition Testing for PEASE