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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?

Water Contamination in N.H. Addressing PFOA

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With new guidance from EPA on how much of the chemical is too much, and a lawsuit against the plastics plant that is its source, many Granite Staters are glad to see more action around the contamination. But others are still worried: both that the damage is already done, and that there's not enough assurance that it won't happen again.

GUESTS:

  • Ken Ayers, citizen of Merrimack, New Hampshire. His family is on Merrimack's public water system, which has tested at low levels of PFOA. 
  • Emily Corwin, NHPR reporter for the Southern part of the state.
  • Clark Friese, assistant commissioner for the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

We'll also hear from David Andrews, senior scientist with the Environmental Working Group, an environmental organization that researches and advocates around toxic chemicals.

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