- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - A task force that’s been studying two rare pediatric cancer clusters in the Seacoast area has passed an interim report on its investigation, which will be delivered to Gov. Maggie Hassan.

Hassan formed the Seacoast Pediatric Cancer Cluster Task Force after officials found a small cluster of rhabdomyosarcoma (rab-doh-my-oh-sar-KOH’-mah), one of two rare types of childhood cancer. Another cluster was also identified.

The Portsmouth Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2hyEPU2 ) that among the report’s recommendations is a call for the state Department of Health and Human Services to complete gathering information about the rare cancers and “develop a report to share with the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Oversight Committee.”

The report also calls for providing bottled water, followed by municipal water, to residents near the Coakley landfill- a Superfund cleanup site.

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Information from: Portsmouth Herald, http://www.seacoastonline.com

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