CLF Sues Nylon Corp. of America for Polluting the Merrimack River

Toxic pollutants spewing from Manchester facility

The Merrimack River in Manchester, NH. Photo: Creative Commons

April 4, 2022 (CONCORD, NH) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) has filed a lawsuit against Nylon Corporation of America (Nylon) to address Clean Water Act violations at its nylon manufacturing facility in Manchester, NH. The company’s wastewater and stormwater discharges are polluting the Merrimack River with toxic chemicals and heavy metals.

“Communities and wildlife depend on a clean and safe Merrimack River, and Nylon is contaminating it with toxic pollutants,” said Erica Kyzmir-McKeon, CLF staff attorney. “The company is breaking the law, and it must be held accountable for these Clean Water Act violations immediately. Each day that passes means more harmful pollution is flowing into the Merrimack, and this is completely unacceptable.”

Nylon’s wastewater and stormwater discharges include dangerously low pH levels and high temperatures, and harmful amounts of zinc and other heavy metals. These toxic pollutants flow from Nylon’s site directly into the Merrimack River, causing poor water quality, harming natural ecosystems and aquatic life, and threatening a drinking water source for people downriver.

The lawsuit can be found here.

CLF experts are available for further comment.