CLF Takes on Rampant Water Pollution at Pease International


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Josh Block
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Says developer is discharging toxic chemicals without proper permit

September 8, 2016 (PORTSMOUTH, NH) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) announced today that it has served formal notice of a lawsuit against the Pease Development Authority (PDA) for its continued pollution of public waterways. Pease International operates as a small municipal separate storm sewer system (“small MS4”) yet has not secured the required discharge permit. Because of this inaction and the resulting harm it has caused to the communities who rely on these waterways, CLF asserts that the developer is in violation of both the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

Zak Griefen, CLF’s Environmental Enforcement Litigator, commented, “Stormwater runoff is one of the greatest threats to Great Bay and our seacoast communities, yet the Pease Development Authority has gone unchecked while pouring toxic chemicals into these already-endangered waters. That stops today. When anyone threatens the health of water, our wildlife and our people, they must be forced to answer for that neglect.”

Among the hazardous chemicals discharged by PDA are perfluorooctanoic acid (“PFOA”) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (“PFOS”), two pollutants that are extremely dangerous for pregnant women and newborns. Other pollutants from PDA include nitrogen, phosphorus, arsenic, lead, ammonium, and pesticides.

CLF’s CWA notice can be found here and its RCRA notice can be found here.

CLF experts are available for further comment.

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