NH company ordered to take steps to reduce emissions

October 1, 2018

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.

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