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N.H. Delegation Wants Federal PFAS Study Expanded To Merrimack

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New Hampshire’s congressional delegation wants more federal study of PFAS chemical contamination in Merrimack.  

The federal lawmakers wrote last week to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, an arm of the Centers for Disease Control.

That office has helped investigate health effects of PFAS contamination on the Seacoast. Now, the delegation wants them to do the same in Merrimack.

That community has been dealing with PFAS-tainted water wells around its Saint Gobain factory for two years.

Recently, the state reported finding the highest levels of PFAS so far in monitoring wells next to the factory.

Saint Gobain has already agreed to pay millions for remediation and new water lines, but residents want more aid. 

The delegation's letter also asks the federal agency to set up a community engagement forum, so those locals can have a bigger say in the cleanup process.  

Annie has covered the environment, energy, climate change and the Seacoast region for NHPR since 2017. She leads the newsroom's climate reporting project, By Degrees.

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