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Bedford, Merrimack residents to receive updates on plan to bring water to homes affected by PFOA contamination

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader

April 24. 2018 2:29PM
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics in Merrimack (UNION LEADER FILE PHOTO)



CONCORD — State environmental officials announced Monday that public meetings have been scheduled in Bedford and Merrimack to provide updates on the waterline extension projects to homes in those towns affected by perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) contamination from the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics factory in Merrimack.

Jim Martin, public information officer for the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) announced Monday the Merrimack public meeting will be held Wednesday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Merrimack High School cafeteria, 38 McElwain Street in Merrimack.

The Bedford public meeting will be held Tuesday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Peter Woodbury Elementary School, 180 County Road in Bedford.

According to Martin, affected property owners in Merrimack will be contacted and invited to the meeting by staff from Horizons Engineering, while affected property owners in Bedford will be contacted and invited to attend by staff from either Pennichuck Corporation or C.T. Male, Saint-Gobain’s engineering firm.

In March, the NHDES and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics reached an agreement on a consent decree to permanently provide safe drinking water to 302 properties in portions of Litchfield, Merrimack and Bedford, in addition to over 450 properties already being addressed.

According to a news release on the NHDES website, the consent decree will provide for municipal water line connections to 121 properties in Bedford and point-of-entry treatment systems for four additional properties in Bedford where it is not feasible to extend municipal water lines; municipal water line connections to 41 additional properties in Merrimack; municipal water line extensions to 27 additional properties in Litchfield; curb stops installed to 109 currently underdeveloped properties in Bedford, Litchfield, Manchester and Merrimack so that municipal water may be provided to such properties in the future if those properties are developed; site investigation activities including, but not limited to, groundwater, drinking water, surface water, soil and air testing and source remediation if necessary.

For more information on NHDES’ ongoing investigation into perfluorinated chemicals in New Hampshire drinking water, go to www4.des.state.nh.us/nh-pfas-investigation.

pfeely@unionleader.com


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