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Mar 29, 2016 3:39 PM

NH DES says 20 wells showing higher levels of chemical near Merrimack, Litchfield

The Associated Press

MERRIMACK (AP) — The state Department of Environmental Services says a total of 20 wells in the areas of Merrimack and Litchfield have shown higher levels of an emerging contaminant, and it is providing bottled drinking water to residents.

The department had ordered the testing of wells for perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, within a one-mile radius of the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility in Merrimack. The company found the presence of PFOA in its drinking water.

The 20 wells tested above 100 parts per trillion, and represent about a third of the results received. Some results showed no levels of PFOA.

The DES says since the Environmental Protection Agency hasn't yet established a Health Advisory for lifetime exposure to PFOA, it's providing the bottled water out of an abundance of caution.

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