NH company ordered to take steps to reduce emissions
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire environmental officials are ordering the installation of air pollution controls at a company blamed for releasing toxic chemicals into the groundwater near its facility.
The announcement Monday by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services comes as a result of two years of investigation into perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl, also known as PFAS. The chemicals were used in fire-suppressing foam, fast-food wrappers, and stain-resistant fabric, but are no longer used in U.S. manufacturing.
The company has been working with regulators for two years. The notification requires the company to investigate and apply for a permit to install air pollution controls on its Merrimack facility.
A state law that went into effect last month authorizes the state to require controls for air emissions of certain PFAS compounds that impact soil and water.