Ayotte Meets with Town Officials Regarding Water Contamination

April 15, 2016

 

 

submitted by the Office of U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte

Following a meeting she convened on Friday, April 8, with town officials from Merrimack, Litchfield, Bedford and Londonderry, as well as representatives of Merrimack Village District Water, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte renewed her call for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to expedite the release of a new health advisory standard for the chemical perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).  Ayotte also met this week with leadership from Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics to urge the company to work with state and local officials and other stakeholders in New Hampshire to address water contamination issues.

“I’m deeply concerned by recent reports of water contamination in several communities across New Hampshire, and I appreciated the opportunity to discuss this issue with representatives from the affected towns in the Merrimack Valley today.  I urge Saint-Gobain to fully comply with the requests of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and to communicate with officials in the affected towns about their progress,” said Ayotte.  “I will also continue to push the EPA to swiftly release the new health advisory standard for the chemical perfluorooctanoic acid so that New Hampshire residents can better understand the potential risks associated with exposure to this chemical.  New Hampshire residents deserve to know whether their water sources are safe- as quickly as possible.”

In March, Senator Ayotte wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy urging her to expedite the release of a new health advisory standard for the chemical perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) following reports of water contamination in several cities and towns across New Hampshire.  Previously, the Haven well at Pease International Tradeport was closed after tests revealed high levels of perfluorochemicals (PFCs).  The letter can be found at www.ayotte.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=2557.