- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

NORTH HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) - A legislative task force is asking New Hampshire environmental officials to authorize testing for a complete perimeter of PFC contamination around the Coakley Landfill.

Rep. Tom Sherman, a Rye Democrat, tells The Portsmouth Herald (https://bit.ly/2aLDlkU ) the task force is drafting a request letter to the state Environmental Protection Agency and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

The request follows the EPA’s announcement that recent preliminary tests on monitoring wells supported claims that Coakley is leaching the potentially cancer-causing chemical into groundwater.

A DES spokesman says the agency doesn’t generally authorize widespread testing beyond the Superfund sites it oversees.

EPA officials say they doubt there’s a link between a recently found cancer cluster and Coakley. Sherman agrees a link hasn’t been identified and says that’s why more testing is needed.

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

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