Entry note: An audio montage of this submission is featured below, in addition to individual stories.
In March of 2016, officials in Merrimack, New Hampshire learned a multi-national plastics plant may have contaminated the region’s drinking water. Since then, NHPR’s Emily Corwin has covered incremental updates such as state-funded blood testing and new federal health advisories; she’s investigated the use of likely toxic perfluorichemical replacements at the plant; and told the stories of residents, some of whom fear their drinking water has already made them sick.
Scientific studies have shown links between perfluorichemicals (or "PFCs") and a variety of cancers, and the EPA has advised companies to stop using certain types of them. Nevertheless, these chemicals remain unregulated by the federal government, and health officials in New Hampshire continue to tell residents the chemicals’ effects are not yet known.
Listen to a montage of Emily's reporting:
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