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Apr 29, 2016 12:56 PM

EPA getting involved with the Coakley Landfill on NH Seacoast


NORTH HAMPTON — The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to test for PFCs in the water around the Coakley Landfill in both Rye and North Hampton, according to seacoastonline.com.

Gov. Maggie Hassan wrote a letter to North Hampton Select Board Chairman Jim Magiore on Wednesday where she stated, “it is our understanding that the EPA has committed to testing for PFCs in the area around the Coakley landfill and is in the process of finalizing a plan for conducting such tests.”

Hassan's letter came after North Hampton's Select Board wrote to the EPA asking it to test for a PFCs.

The letter pointed out, “increasing concern in the Seacoast communities in which the Coakley landfill is located about reports of increased and increasing rates of pediatric cancers.”

Several Seacoast children have been diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) which is one of the two rare types of childhood cancer.

The parents of these children told the Portsmouth Herald that they believe there may have been an environmental link to their children's cancer. Signs have pointed to the Coakley landfill, the former Pease Air Force Base and Seabrook station as a potential cause.

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