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May 26, 2016 5:07 PM

Company evaluating lawsuits alleging water contamination

CONCORD (AP) — A plastics company is evaluating two lawsuits filed against it over chemical contamination of private drinking water wells in New Hampshire.

The lawsuits were filed Wednesday and allege Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics knew or should've known the potentially cancer-causing chemical PFOA was dangerous and release of it was "willful" and "wanton." The chemical is used in Teflon coatings.

The lawsuits seek a trial and compensation for water filtering systems and reductions in property values and enjoyment of properties. Litchfield resident Kevin Brown is the only plaintiff.

A Saint-Gobain spokeswoman says the company, which has a plant in Merrimack, "has been, and continues to be focused on providing clean drinking water to the residents of Merrimack, Litchfield and other towns within the 1.5-mile radius of our plant."

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