NH Seacoast Water Testing Finds High Levels of Dangerous Toxics

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CLF is taking action to stop pollution from Pease Tradeport

April 5, 2017 (PORSTMOUTH, NH) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) published new test results today from water samples in Portsmouth, Newington and Greenland revealing high levels of toxic chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), and other polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs). The samples were collected in March and tested by two neutral third-party labs.

“We all have a stake in ensuring clean, healthy water, and seeing such high levels of toxic chemicals in our collective backyard is unacceptable,” said Tom Irwin, Director of CLF New Hampshire. “These toxics, which have already forced the closure of a drinking well at Pease, are flowing into local brooks and streams that lead to the Great Bay estuary, endangering communities throughout New Hampshire. It’s time for Pease Development Authority to step up and put an end to this perilous pollution.”

PFCs, which have been linked to cancer and other serious illnesses, are particularly harmful for pregnant women and newborns.

In September 2016, CLF filed a lawsuit against Pease Development Authority for its continued pollution of the public waterways surrounding Pease Tradeport without securing, or even applying for, the discharge permit required by the Clean Water Act. More information on CLF’s suit can be found here.

The new water sampling results are available here.

CLF experts are available for further comment.