EPA Agrees to Test Water at Coakley Landfill

Apr 29, 2016

Credit EPA Superfund Records Collections

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to test water for possible PFC contamination near the Coakley landfill in southeast New Hampshire.

The Portsmouth Herald reports Gov. Maggie Hassan said it's her understanding that the EPA has committed to testing areas around the landfill in Rye and North Hampton and is finalizing a plan for such testing.

North Hampton's Select Board wrote a letter to the EPA on Monday that requested testing at monitoring wells connected to the landfill and two nearby watersheds.

The letter also expressed local residents' concerns that an increasing rate of pediatric cancer in the area is tied to potential contamination at the landfill.

State Rep. David Borden says the EPA only agreed to test water at Coakley landfill, not in the two requested watersheds.