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New Hampshire’s Department of Fish & Game is facing a potential lawsuit over water pollution from its largest fish hatchery.

The Conservation Law Foundation told the state Thursday it plans to file a Clean Water Act lawsuit this fall, unless the state begins working to fix the alleged problems within 60 days.

The Powder Mill hatchery in New Durham grows trout and salmon to stock state fishing areas, and it’s expanded in the past decade or so.

 

Town selectmen in New Hampshire have voted to fire a long-standing police chief.

WMUR-TV reports the New Durham selectmen voted 2 to 1 Thursday morning to terminate Police Chief Shawn Bernier during a closed meeting at the Town Hall.

Selectman David Bickford says the board had a right to terminate without cause, according to the chief's contract.

Bickford says that Bernier wanted to retire and this decision will give him severance pay.

But Bernier says he only wanted to go part-time and that the town had no right to fire him under state law.