- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The state of New Hampshire has filed an emergency rule setting a state groundwater quality standard for a potentially cancer causing chemical that has been found in some drinking water in the southern part of the state.

The rule set an ambient groundwater standard of 70 parts per trillion for the chemical perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s drinking water health advisory levels for the chemical.

The rule is in effect for 180 days.

The chemical, used in Teflon coatings, was first found in more than 50 wells in towns surrounding the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility in Merrimack, New Hampshire. The Department of Environmental Services says it’s also been found in drinking water in Manchester, Bedford, Litchfield, Amherst, Portsmouth and Dover.

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