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EPA to test around Coakley Landfill in search for cause of Seacoast cancer cluster

NORTH HAMPTON- It’s the question on the minds of many Seacoast parents; could the old Coakley Landfill have anything to do with a pediatric cancer cluster found in the towns that surround the site?

“If not, well we have to find out if so and what the state has to do is begin to eliminate causes,” said Jim Maggiore, Chair of the North Hampton Board of Selectman

Governor Hassan sent Maggiore a letter this week informing his board their requests for testing had been approved. The EPA will test water around the Coakley site.

US Senator Kelly Ayotte has also reached out to the EPA to request their involvement.

“When we think about protecting our water and clean water, I’m glad the EPA has responded and I was glad to advocate for that,” Senator Ayotte said.

The EPA will test for perfluorinated chemicals or PFCs, which have been linked to some cancers.

It’s unclear if it will expand out to private wells, but the Governor vows to push for the most thorough testing. Senator Ayotte says this is only the beginning.

“Things may be considered normal, it may be normal to have this type of pollution in an area but that doesn’t mean we have to accept it,” Maggiore said.

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