Saint-Gobain directed to provide bottled water to 400 N.H. homes & businesses

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Saint-Gobain directed to provide bottled water to 400 N.H. homes & businesses

New Hampshire environmental regulators have directed Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. to provide bottled water to 400 homes and businesses and cleanup groundwater contamination around its factory in Merrimack.

The state Department of Environmental Services said Saint-Gobain is liable for providing bottled water as well as for cleanup because its use of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) contaminated underground water within a one-mile radius of its Merrimack plant.

In a letter to the company, the environmental regulators wrote, “The state government has determined that Saint-Gobain is potentially responsible for the cleanup of the site, restoration of impacted groundwater and drinking water, other actions necessary to protect public health and the environment…”

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The officials gave the directive after they found PFOA in both public and private drinking water systems around the plant at levels above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) provisional safe levels.

The glass-maker is already spending more than $3 million to upgrade water filtration system in Hoosick Falls. That amount includes $300,000 for a brief system installed in the past few weeks and $2.5 million for a permanent upgrade scheduled to take place later this year.

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