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Sep 9, 2016 8:19 AM

Pease Development Authority accused of chemical dumping

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — A nonprofit environmental advocacy group has notified the Pease Development Authority that it plans to sue the agency for its alleged "continued pollution of public waterways."

Zak Griefen, the Conservation Law Foundation's litigator, says the PDA has violated the Clean Water Act and the Resource Conversation and Recovery Act.

In bringing a lawsuit under the two acts, the foundation was required to inform the PDA of its intentions.

The foundation conducted a months-long investigation at the Pease Tradeport that CLF officials say uncovered evidence that the PDA has been dumping toxic chemicals into stormwater runoff "in very large amounts."

The chemicals, perfluorooctane sulfonic acid and perfluorooctanoic acid, are both classified as hazardous perfluorochemicals that pose health risks to both humans and wildlife.

PDA Executive Director Dave Mullen declined to comment.

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