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Merrimack Petition Asks Chemical Company to Pay for Water Filters

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Hundreds of people in a New Hampshire town have signed a petition asking a plastics company believed to be the source of tainted groundwater to pay for water filters at the town's schools.

The group of Merrimack residents says Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics has provided filtration in other towns with contaminated water, but taxpayers are currently paying to filter water at Merrimack schools.

The company tells WMUR-TV that testing of the school district's water found levels of perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, well below state safety guidelines. The chemical, used in coatings such as Teflon, has been linked to certain kinds of cancer and thyroid disease.

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