May 6, 2016 3:15 PM

EPA defends Coakley Landfill chemical testing plan

The Associated Press

NORTH HAMPTON (AP) — An Environmental Protection Agency representative says he doesn't believe the agency should test for dangerous chemicals outside of the Coakley Landfill in New Hampshire.

The Portsmouth Herald reports the EPA has planned to test for PFC contamination at the landfill. But EPA representative Jim Murphy says they won't check for contaminants in wells in the watershed near it.

The North Hampton Select Board requested the EPA test for contaminants at the monitoring wells that surround the site and wells throughout the watershed. Lawmakers wrote a letter asking the EPA to test in all wells in the Rye, North Hampton and Greenland following a meeting concerning a pediatric cancer cluster.

Murphy says they're not going to test the watersheds until they have potential sources identified.

Landfill testing is expected to begin this month.

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