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Jun 29, 2016 3:41 PM

State to expand distribution of bottled water after chemicals found in wells

The Associated Press

AMHERST — The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services says it's expanding the distribution of bottled water to include 113 more properties in Amherst affected by contamination of potentially cancer causing chemicals in private wells.

The Telegraph of Nashua reports water will be issued to residents within a half-mile of the former Textiles Coated International facility. Tests have found elevated levels of perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctane sulfonate in wells near the facility.

Officials say no wells outside the half-mile radius have shown levels above the state limit.

PFOA, used in non-stick coatings, was first found in more than 50 wells in towns surrounding the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility in Merrimack, New Hampshire.

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