- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - A task force that’s been studying two rare pediatric cancer clusters in the Seacoast area is expected to vote on the final draft of its interim report to Gov. Maggie Hassan.

State Rep. Tom Sherman, who chairs the task force, tells The Portsmouth Herald (https://bit.ly/2gKdGPu ) the report is expected to include a recommendation to provide municipal water to homes within one mile of the Coakley landfill, a Superfund cleanup site.

At its Wednesday meeting, the task force is expected to approve new language that calls for providing bottled water to the homes near the landfill and then municipal water as a “preventative measure.”

Several Seacoast children have died from rhabdomyosarcoma (rab-doh-my-oh-sar-KOH’-mah), one of two rare types of childhood cancer that the state determined was part of a cancer cluster.

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

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