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Mar 22, 2016 6:35 PM

NH DES expands radius for Merrimack-area water testing

The Associated Press

MERRIMACK (AP) — The state Department of Environmental Services has expanded the focus of testing after an emerging contaminant was found in water around the Merrimack area.

DES spokesman Jim Martin tells The Nashua Telegraph that the department has ordered the testing of wells within a one-mile radius of the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility.

Martin says results returned Friday from testing the Merrimack Village Water District found unsafe levels of perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, in one well in Merrimack and two in Litchfield. Those families have already been provided with bottled water.

In addition to increasing the number of wells being tested, state officials said Monday that blood testing for residents exposed to the chemical may soon follow. Exposure to PFOAs has been linked to a variety of health issues.

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