John Mack - Newtown Supervisor

The Environment: John Mack's Position

I will be proactive in ensuring our air is clean & our drinking water is free from harmful chemicals due to fracking & PFOA/S contamination.

Bad WaterAs someone with graduate degrees in biochemistry from Columbia University and who majored in chemistry at Franklin and Marshall College, I am concerned about chemicals in our environment whether it be contaminants in our water and air or illegal drugs (you can learn more about my ides for combatting illegal drug use here). 

According to an article published in the July 16, 2017 issue of the Bucks County Courier Times, "over the past several years, more that 16 public and 200 private wells...were found to be contaminated with high levels of PFOS and PFOA, which come from fire-fighting foams. The problem is national in scope... The contamination has reached drinking water supplies in states as diverse as New Jersey, New Hampshire, Colorado, and Washington."

Fracking is another source of drinking water contamination. Recently an ordinance was introduced to permit fracking in Newtown, Wrightstown and Upper Makefield.  If elected, I will firmly oppose any ordinance that does not include strict measures to protect our area from fracking. 

The quality of our drinking water is the #1 concern of respondents to my Newtown Issues Survey (see below). 85% say the quality of drinking water is VERY IMPORTANT to them. Another 13% say it is SOMEWHAT IMPORTANT.

One respondent commented: "The water report I saw is not ok. I bought my house 2 years ago from a young woman who was dying from a rare cancer. While it may not be related, it makes me uneasy. The neighbors tell me there has been a lot of cancer here."

Water reports from the Artesian Water Company, which gets its water from a variety of sources - not all of which are "artesian" - are not specific enough to understand where all the water comes from. 

That is why I support more informative and more easily understood reports regarding our town's water quality.

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