- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services has identified more than 40 companies in addition to Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics that likely used a water-contaminating compound in their products.

New Hampshire Public Radio reports (https://bit.ly/1No9T6G ) 43 other companies have used perfluorinated compounds, including PFOA. The chemical was found earlier this year at Saint-Gobain’s in Merrimack and PFOs was found two years ago in well water on the former Pease Air Force Base.

The department has alerted all of the companies and is testing water for contamination at some sites.

The department says at least 52 private wells were showing elevated levels of PFOA. Saint-Gobain has agreed to pay for efforts to design a potential extension of public water service into the southern New Hampshire area where PFOA contamination is being investigated.

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Information from: WEVO-FM, https://www.nhpr.org/

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