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0000017a-15d9-d736-a57f-17ff8f4d0000NHPR’s ongoing coverage of water contamination at the former Pease Air Force Base and in the communities surrounding the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics plant in Merrimack. We’ll keep you updated on day to day developments, and ask bigger questions, such as:What do scientists know about the health effects of perfluorochemicals like PFOA, PFOS and PFHxS?How are policy makers in New Hampshire responding to these water contaminants?How are scientists and policymakers communicating potential risks?How are other states responding to similar contaminations?

Merrimack, Litchfield Meetings to Focus on Drinking Water Investigation

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A large turnout is expected for a meeting in Merrimack Wednesday night where state officials will update residents on their investigation into the chemical contamination of some local water supplies.

The state Department of Environmental Services has expanded the radius of its probe after three private wells tested for high levels of the chemical PFOA.

DES has now collected samples from approximately 100 private wells within a mile of the Saint-Gobain plastics plant in Merrimack, where the chemical was first detected.

Wednesday's meeting begins at 7 at the James Mastricola Upper Elementary School in Merrimack.

DES spokesman Jim Martin says the meeting will be a chance for residents to get their questions answered.

“We will have staff from DES as well as the Department of Public Health from the state of New Hampshire to give them background on the investigation and what PFOA is.”

Another meeting is scheduled for Thursday night in Litchfield.

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