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Apr 18, 2016 6:01 PM

Water tests continue around Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics

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The state continues testing well water and soil around the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility in Merrimack.

Four hundred properties are getting bottled water for drinking, cooking and brushing teeth. However there is another concern, the safety of crops.

The research is incomplete, but there are some indications that the contaminant can be found in some plants.

Green leafy vegetables grown in contaminated soil or exposed to tainted water could be impacted.

Tomatoes and other fruit bearing plants also safe as long you do not eat the stems or leaves. Cucumbers and melons need to be washed.

Potatoes and other root vegetables are considered safe as long as you peel and wash them.

There is concern over livestock, specifically chicken. The pfoa's can stay in a chicken’s system for 30 days and be transferred to egg yolks.

Long term exposure to high levels of pfoa has been associated with a number of illnesses including thyroid issues and pregnancy induced hypertension, but the research is incomplete.

NH1 News has reached out to state officials on the matter, but has not heard back.

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