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May 11, 2016 1:57 PM

Water testing for chemicals expands to Amherst


CONCORD (AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services has expanded its investigation into water-contaminating compounds to drinking water in Amherst, near the site of a former manufacturer.

The department says 11 well test results show concentrations of the chemical PFOA ranging from non-detection to up to 620 parts per trillion. Four tested at over 100 parts per trillion. The department has advised properties near those wells not to drink the water, and that bottled water will be provided.

The company, Textiles Coated International, operated from 1985-2006 and made films for use in industries including composite molding, chemical processing, heat sealing and welding.

The company has a plant in Manchester that started in 2005. An inspection showed TCI used APFO, an ammonium salt of PFOA, but hasn't had any dispersions containing the salt after 2013.

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