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Oct 26, 2016 1:44 PM

NH rep calls for more testing of Rye's wells, could give 'peace of mind'

RYE — The chairman of the Governor’s Task Force on the Seacoast Pediatric Cancer Cluster thinks that Rye town wells should be retested to reconfirm the low levels of PFCs detected in the well field during April tests.

READ: State seeks cause of Seacoast pediatric cancer cluster

Several Seacoast children have died from rhabdomyosarcoma, or RMS, one of the two rare types of childhood cancer the state determined was part of a Seacoast cancer cluster, according to seacoastonline.

While RMS cases were being investigated, the state found a second cancer cluster involving a rare pediatric cancer called pleuropulmonary blastoma.

Some parents believe the cancers could have been triggered by environmental factors, like water tainted by contaminants from the Coakley landfill.

State Rep. Tom Sherman, D-Rye, a doctor, said he thinks it’s important to “repeat and confirm” the first set of test results showing low levels of PFCs in two of three Rye Water District wells.

Sherman hopes that the water is still safe, but if not, said filtering the water would be the next step.

Ken Aspen, the superintendent of Rye’s Water District, said the wells serve about 1,600 customers in the town of Rye.

Aspen said the water district might start testing for PFCs once a year “for peace of mind.”

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