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Apr 5, 2016 9:45 AM

State: Saint-Gobain 'potentially responsible' for contamination of Merrimack drinking water

The Associated Press

MERRIMACK (AP) — New Hampshire's Environmental Services Department says a manufacturer is "potentially responsible" for the cleanup of an area that has shown elevated levels of the chemical PFOA in wells and drinking water.

The department's letter to Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics dated Friday came after it found 20 wells within a one-mile radius of the Merrimack facility showing higher levels of the chemical, used to make Teflon coatings.

Saint-Gobain found the presence of PFOA in its drinking water earlier this year and notified the DES.

The department requests that Saint-Gobain provide bottled water to affected properties; submit a plan for soil sampling and analysis; provide for the installation and monitoring of water treatment systems to remove contamination; and provide for the connection of residences and businesses to a public water supply.

A message seeking comment from Saint-Gobain was left Tuesday.

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