May 3, 2016 2:39 PM
MERRIMACK — NH1 takes a closer look into the water contamination in the communities surrounding Saint Gobain Performance Plastics.
The toxic chemical called PFOA, has been found in private wells in concentrations above the EPA's advisory level. NH1 is interested to see if the parents company has had problems with the EPA in the past.
According to violations tracker, since 2010, Saint Gobain, who is based in France, has paid close to $115 million in fines and violations. Of that amount, $112 million was an investment by Saint-Gobain Containers in new pollution control equipment . These fines involve a former affiliate, Saint-Gobain Containers Inc. Saint-Gobain has since divested that affiliate in April 2014. That amount is the total dollar amount for more than 30 records filed against the company.
One of the most recent was last year in Milford, Massachusetts at one of it's container facilities. The company agreed to pay more than $280,000 to settle charges it violated in the Clean Air Act.
Saint Gobain and the state's department of environmental services are investigating thoroughly to determine the cause and the scope of the contamination in the Merrimack area.
The violations can be found at http://violationtracker.goodjobsfirst.org/prog.php?parent=saint-gobain.
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