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Sep 26, 2016 3:53 PM

Merrimack residents' blood to be drawn to test water PFC levels


CONCORD — The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced a program to assess potential exposure to perfluorochemicals (PFCs) among Merrimack Village District Water Works (MVD) customers.
DHHS, at the request of Merrimack town administrators and in coordination with the Governor’s office, is conducting a limited community exposure assessment by testing the blood of 200 randomly selected MVD customers.
The MVD public water system is supplied by multiple individual wells which are combined prior to delivery of residential drinking water. There is known PFC contamination in some groundwater wells that feed the MVD system and in neighboring private wells.
Randomly selected households will be mailed a letter beginning the week of October 3rd to offer them the chance to participate by filling out a questionnaire and then having their blood drawn for testing.
All 200 participants will receive a copy of their individual results in the mail. A summary of the community’s results will be shared with participants and the public.
The results can be compared with other tested populations, including the general U.S. population, other communities tested in New Hampshire, and other communities of concern around the country.
For more information about PFCs and what DHHS is doing, you can visit their website.

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