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Oct 2, 2016 9:26 PM

EPA urges more monitoring, restrictions around landfill

The Associated Press

GREENLAND (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is calling for more monitoring and testing at a southern New Hampshire landfill.

The agency's new recommendations aimed at preventing water contamination from the Superfund cleanup site come as a development is planned near the Coakley landfill in Greenland.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that the recommendations include land-use restrictions and municipal ordinances prohibiting new wells and increased use of existing wells.

The federal agency said extremely dry conditions have made it impossible to test for groundwater contaminants in sediments and surface water.

The Portsmouth Herald reported that some parents believe environmental factors like the Coakley landfill triggered a cancer cluster in the Seacoast region. A state taskforce on the cancer cluster is studying the Coakley Landfill as concerns about contamination continue to grow.

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