UPDATE: NHDES to begin sampling private water wells in Merrimack
CONCORD — The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) announced on Tuesday that they have received draft results of groundwater samples collected at the former Merrimack Town Landfill. The landfill showed elevated concentrations of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) responded to a request from NHDES to collect and analyze water samples from 10 wells adjacent to the landfill.
The wells were installed to monitor the potential impact of the landfill on groundwater.
NHDES will begin Tuesday to sample private residential water supply wells near the landfill.
Jim Martin, press contact for the PFOA investigation at the Merrimack Town Landfill, told NH1 News, "we don’t know what the source at the landfill is. There will be further investigation into the record information, talking with the town."
Martin also said that they will be speaking with Saint-Gobain to retrieve the waste disposal records and materials and that it is, "going to take quite a bit of time."
More information regarding NHDES’ investigation into PFOA found in southern New Hampshire drinking water on their website.