Meeting Notice / Pennichuck Water Main Extension

The Litchfield Board of Selectmen has scheduled a public meeting on Tuesday, October 25th at 7pm at Campbell High School Auditorium for residents to learn more about the Pennichuck Water Main Extension project and other related PFOA issues. New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and representatives from Pennichuck Water will also be available to provide information and answer questions. At the end of the meeting, affected homeowners will have an opportunity to meet with Pennichuck Representatives to complete and submit required water service connection forms. It is very important that all affected homeowners and residents attend this meeting.

For more information contact: Troy Brown, Town Administrator (603) 424-4046 ext 1250 tbrown@litchfieldnh.com www.litchfieldnh.gov

NHDES and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Announce Agreement to Begin Pennichuck Water Line Extension to Litchfield Residents

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics are today announcing that work will soon begin to connect 360 Litchfield homes to the Pennichuck public water system. Unless unforeseen early winter weather interferes, 173 of the homes are expected to be connected by the end of this year. The work on the remaining Litchfield homes will be completed in 2017, and in the interim these homes will receive point-of-use (POU) filters until they are fully connected to the public water system.

Press Release - Status of Water System in Litchfield

Press Release - October 13, 2016 Litchfield Board of Selectmen For Immediate Release Although construction started this week to bring drinking water to 26 homes in the City of Manchester, the administrative and legal agreements of the Litchfield project are not finalized between Saint-Gobain, Pennichuck Water Works and New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES). The Town is anticipating information regarding the status of the Litchfield project will be announced within 3 to 5 business days; if not sooner. Upon announcement, there will be a public meeting to update residents and answer questions. This meeting is anticipated to be scheduled before the end of October. Upon project approval, the Town will be involved with issuing local permits and approvals and looks forward to working with Saint-Gobain, NHDES and Pennichuck Water Works to implement the water supply extension and to otherwise address this situation in a manner that ensures that the Town’s interests are protected.

For more information contact: Troy Brown, Town Administrator (603) 424-4046 ext 1250 tbrown@litchfieldnh.com www.litchfieldnh.gov

Litchfield Letters to Pennichuck and St. Gobain

Letter to Pennichuck Water Works, Larry D. Goodhue CEO
RE: Response of the Town of Litchfield to Pennichuck Corporation on Construction of Water Line Extension Estimate for PFOA Affected Areas

Letter to St Gobain Performance Plastics, Edward J. Canning Director
RE: PFOA Contaminatoin in Litchfield, NH

Letter to St Gobain and NHDES
RE: PFOA Contamination in Litchfield, NH

Press Release - Litchfield Board of Selectmen

Press release from the Litchfield, NH Board of Selectmen May 23, 2016: The Litchfield, NH Board of Selectmen have announced that the town has retained the counsel of the legal firm PretiFlaherty with offices located in Augusta and Portland, ME, Concord, NH, Boston, MA and Washington, DC. PretiFlaherty will provide the town with legal advice and counsel on the recent discovery of Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in the groundwater that has contaminated the drinking water wells of Litchfield’s residents.

PretiFlaherty provides a broad range of legal services with specialties in environmental and municipal law. Legal services for the town will be provided from the Concord, NH offices with the support of the environmental group located in Portland, ME. PretiFlaherty is a recognized leader in the area of environmental law with over 35 years of experience representing municipalities on environmental issues such as the town of Lake Elmo, Minnesota for perfluro groundwater contamination from a local manufacturing plant; the city of Saco, ME for its municipal landfill; the town of New Castle, NH regarding the disposal of town materials at a federal superfund site and homeowners with contaminated drinking water wells who abutted an improperly closed landfill site in Rhode Island.

The Board of Selectmen by retaining PretiFlaherty, are seeking to protect the interests of the town of Litchfield and its citizens as this incident develops. It is important that the town, as the main site of the discovered contamination, has a voice in any settlement proposed by the State of New Hampshire and any individuals or corporations responsible for the pollution.

For further information on this announcement please contact Litchfield Town Administrator Troy Brown at (603) 424-4046 X 1250.

NHDES and Saint-Gobain Announce Agreement to Fund Design Work on Potential Public Water Extension

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: May 4, 2016
CONTACT: Jim Martin, (603) 271-3710
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NHDES and Saint-Gobain Announce Agreement to Fund Design Work on Potential Public Water Extension
Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) is pleased to announce that Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics has proactively agreed to fund design efforts for a potential extension of public water service into the Southern New Hampshire PFOA investigation area, primarily in Litchfield, while also examining affected residences in Bedford, Merrimack and Manchester. Saint-Gobain has made this commitment while NHDES continues to investigate other Potentially Responsible Parties, who may also bear financial responsibilities. Saint-Gobain has done this because of their focus on public health of the local communities and their employees. NHDES has determined that acting quickly to prepare for the possible construction of water service extensions is the most efficient and cost-effective solution regardless of what other sources may later be identified as contributing to the problem.

The Pennichuck Corporation, the Merrimack Village District Water Works, and the Manchester Water Works, at the request of NHDES, have agreed to work with Saint-Gobain, NHDES, the affected towns, and any additional Potentially Responsible Parties that are identified in this effort to accelerate a long-term solution that will deliver clean and safe drinking water to the affected area.

Water Well Test Results for Merrimack Village District and Pennichuck

NHDES has posted water well test results for both the Merrimack Village District Water Works and Pennichuck Corporation. We will update this table as new data becomes available. The table is available under Sampling Maps and Data on this page: http://m1e.net/c?219495888-eXFUwpOalFeio%40387070394-s8JM6hQh/NADY

or use this direct link: http://m1e.net/c?219495888-tLqonGOEXscbA%40387070395-D3a41Ong6KC1Y

NHDES Southern N.H. PFOA Investigation Update / Bottled Water Pick Up

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: April 19, 2016
CONTACT: Jim Martin, 603 271-3710
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NHDES Southern N.H. PFOA Investigation Update
Bottled Water Pick Up

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) announced today that residents of Litchfield, Merrimack and Manchester in the expanded bottled water area can pick up an additional supply of bottled water at the Litchfield Transfer Station/Recycling Center on the following schedule:

Litchfield Transfer Station/Recycling Center, Recycling Way, Litchfield, NH 03052

Sunday, April 24th, 9 AM to 3 PM.

Residents must bring proper identification, such as a driver’s license, to receive bottled water. Residents unable to pick up water on Sunday because of physical limitations can call (603) 271-9461 to make arrangements for delivery. Over the long-term, residents will be contacted by Monadnock Mountain Spring Water to make arrangements for future deliveries of bottled water directly to their homes.

The expanded bottled water area includes residents of Merrimack and Litchfield living within the original 1-mile investigation radius who get their water from local wells (not through Merrimack Village Water District or Pennichuck), as well as those on the following streets outside of the radius: Century Avenue, Courtland Avenue, Lance Avenue, Jeff Lane, Mike Lane, Ronisa Avenue, Ivy Way, Robyn Avenue, Acorn Way, Oak Drive, Sybil Lane, Garden Drive and 377-450 Charles Bancroft Hwy (north of Midway Ave. and south of Strawberry Lane). This also applies to residents of Manchester on Brown Avenue south of Raymond Wieczorek Drive.

The provision of bottled water serves as an interim measure while NHDES continues to work with Saint-Gobain to investigate and determine the appropriate long-term remedy for addressing the elevated levels of PFOA in groundwater. The bottled water being provided to residents has tested “non-detect” (levels too low to detect) for perfluorochemicals (PFCs) tested, including PFOA.

For more information related to the investigation, please visit the NHDES website at http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pfoa.htm or call the public inquiry line at (603) 371-9461.

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PFOA Hotline has been opened.

A PFOA investigation phone inquiry line has been established to help coordinate and answer questions from the public. The phone number is 603 271-9461. It will be staffed 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Messages left on the machine will be returned the next business day.

For additional information regarding the investigation, please visit http://m1e.net/c?219495888-5DfzuAx2vnQu6%40387049490-3L53O/1CT64.g

Updated Drinking Water Well Test Results and NHDES Expanding Area for Private Well Testing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: April 13, 2016
CONTACT: Jim Martin, 603 271-3710

Southern N.H. PFOA Investigation Update
Updated Drinking Water Well Test Results and NHDES Expanding Area for Private Well Testing

Concord, NH –The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) today announced new and updated drinking water well test results for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in Litchfield, Manchester and Merrimack, New Hampshire, and that the private-well water testing area is being expanded from a 1-mile to a 1.5-mile radius from the Saint-Gobain facility in Merrimack. NHDES is expanding the testing radius in all directions based evaluation of test results to date. The expanded investigation area now includes portions of Bedford, Litchfield, Londonderry, Manchester and Merrimack.

Test Results: NHDES has received a total of 161 water well test results to date. Of the results received, 41 private wells (One in Manchester, seven in Merrimack and 33 in Litchfield) were found to contain PFOA concentrations at or above 100 parts per trillion (ppt), ranging from 100 ppt to 1,600 ppt; the well tested at 1,600 ppt is not used for drinking water purposes. An updated map and table of the test results have been posted on the NHDES PFOA investigation webpage under sampling data and map: http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pfoa.htm

Bottled Water to Be Provided to Approximately 400 Properties

News from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: April 7, 2016
CONTACT: Jim Martin, 603 271-3710
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NHDES Southern N.H. PFOA Investigation Update
Bottled Water to Be Provided to Approximately 400 Properties

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) announced today that bottled water delivery will be expanded to approximately 400 properties in Merrimack and Litchfield that are served by private wells and are within and abutting a 1-mile radius of the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics plant in Merrimack. NHDES made this decision to provide the bottled water to help protect the public’s health based on data that indicate an area of contamination of private drinking water wells, a number of which contain greater than 100 parts per trillion (ppt) of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Residents of Merrimack and Litchfield whose wells to date have tested above 100 ppt of PFOA are already receiving bottled water. Saint-Gobain has communicated to NHDES that they are willing to provide the bottled water for this expanded effort.

All residents of Litchfield living within the current 1-mile investigation radius, as well as those on the following streets outside of the radius, now qualify to receive bottled water: Courtland Avenue, Lance Avenue, Jeff Lane, Mike Lane, Ronisa Avenue, Ivy Way, Robyn Avenue, Acorn Way, Oak Drive, Sybil Lane, Garden Drive and 381-450 Charles Bancroft Hwy (north of Midway Ave. and south of Strawberry Lane).

An initial month’s supply of bottled water will be available for pick up on the following schedule:

Litchfield Transfer Station/Recycling Center, Recycling Way, Litchfield, NH 03052
Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Residents must bring proper identification, such as a driver’s license, to receive bottled water. Residents unable to pick up water on Sunday or Monday because of physical limitations can call (603) 271-9461 to make alternative arrangements. Residents will be contacted to make arrangements for future deliveries of bottled water to their home.

The provision of bottled water serves as an interim measure while NHDES continues to work with Saint-Gobain to investigate and determine the appropriate long-term remedy for addressing the elevated levels of PFOA in groundwater. The bottled water being provided to residents has tested “non-detect” (levels too low to detect) for all perfluorochemicals (PFCs), including PFOA.

For more information related to the investigation, please visit the NHDES website at http://m1e.net/c?219495888-S69W54DGZszYw%40387025156-BTF0QjeZioxZk .

News from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: April 5, 2016
CONTACT: Jim Martin, 603 271-3710
des.nh.gov
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Public Information Meeting – Litchfield, NH

NHDES and NHHHS to Discuss Results of Drinking Water Tests Related to Investigation of Perfluorochemical Found in Drinking Water

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, in coordination with the Town of Litchfield, invite the public to a Public Information Meeting to be held in the Towns of Merrimack and Litchfield to discuss the results of recent drinking water tests related to an investigation of the presence of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in drinking water at the Saint-Gobain facility in Merrimack.

Meeting Information:
Litchfield:
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Campbell High School auditorium
1 Highlander Court, Litchfield, NH 03052

For more information related to the investigation please visit the NHDES website at http://m1e.net/c?219495888-nX0PCQMpNUfX2%40387019175-mWJm1CbaF/TG2 or contact Jim Martin, NHDES Public Information Officer at 603 271-3710.

News from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: March 31, 2016
CONTACT: Jim Martin, 603 271-3710
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Updated Drinking Water Well Test Results for Southern N.H. PFOA Investigation
Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) announced updated drinking water well test results for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in Merrimack and Litchfield, New Hampshire.

Test Results: NHDES has received a total of 107 drinking water test results to date. The water well samples were collected between March 9 and March 20. The results show levels of PFOA ranging from no detection to 830 parts per trillion. Of the results received, 26 private wells (3 in Merrimack and 23 in Litchfield) show PFOA levels at or above 100 parts per trillion (ppt) ranging from 100 ppt to 830 ppt. An updated map and table of the test results have been posted on the NHDES website: http://m1e.net/c?219495888-GM7WmBZwPnodQ%40387006778-oBVJ5PA0mtu2k

Test results for three Merrimack Village District water wells, tested on March 9, 2016, were 17 ppt, 54, ppt, and 90 ppt respectively. The well that tested at 90 ppt is currently offline. NHDES is sampling five MVD wells today, and will be resampling the MVD wells on a weekly basis during the investigation.

Since the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not yet established a Health Advisory for lifetime exposure to PFOA, NHDES has decided to provide bottled water to locations using a private well for drinking water for human consumption that contains over 100 parts per trillion of PFOA. NHDES will reassess this situation once the EPA provides more definitive guidance. None of the Merrimack Village District water wells tested over 100 ppt.

The EPA has not set an enforceable drinking water standard for PFOA under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. EPA’s Office of Water has, however, established a Provisional Health Advisory (PHA) of 0.4 micrograms per liter (μg/L) or 400 parts per trillion for PFOA. That level is set based upon short-term contact and the EPA is currently developing guidance for long-term exposure levels, which EPA is expected to release in the near future.

For background, the investigation into the potential presence of perfluorochemicals (PFCs) in drinking water in Merrimack and vicinity began several weeks ago when Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics notified NHDES that perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) was detected at 30 parts per trillion in samples taken from four water faucets within their Merrimack facility, which is served by the Merrimack Village District Water System. PFOA has been detected in the Hoosick Falls, NY, water supply and in some private wells in North Bennington, VT, near other Saint-Gobain facilities. Because materials containing PFOA have been used at the plant in Merrimack, Saint-Gobain voluntarily tested the water at its Merrimack facility.

NHDES will continue to sample both private drinking water wells and the Merrimack Village Districts water. For more information related to the investigation, please visit the NHDES website at http://m1e.net/c?219495888-WdTsaqFBYxYKQ%40387006778-JMO0qzskyjAjk .

Updated Drinking Water Well Test Results for Southern N.H. PFOA Investigation

The Board of Selectmen received the following press release today from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services regarding the ongoing drinking water well test results. State and Town officials are planning another public informational meeting as soon as possible to provide additional information and answer questions. All questions regarding this matter should be directed to Jim Martin, NHDES - 603-271-3710.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: March 29, 2016
CONTACT: Jim Martin, 603 271-3710

Updated Drinking Water Well Test Results for Southern N.H. PFOA Investigation
Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) has received new drinking water well test results from testing for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in Merrimack and Litchfield, New Hampshire.

Test Results: The water well samples were collected on March 18 through the 21st, within a 1-mile radius from the Saint-Gobain facility in Merrimack. The results from this round show levels of PFOA ranging from no detection to 830 parts per trillion. Of the 59 results received, 17 wells showed PFOA levels above 100 parts per trillion (ppt) ranging from 110 ppt to 830 ppt. In total, 20 water wells have tested above 100 ppt since the investigation began. Previous test results from the Merrimack Village Water District ranged from 17 to 90 parts per trillion.

Since the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not yet established a Health Advisory for lifetime exposure to PFOA, NHDES, out of an abundance of caution, has decided to provide bottled drinking water to locations using a private well for drinking water for human consumption that contains over 100 parts per trillion of PFOA. NHDES will reassess this situation once the EPA provides more definitive guidance.

The EPA has not set an enforceable drinking water standard for PFOA under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. EPA’s Office of Water has, however, established a Provisional Health Advisory (PHA) of 0.4 micrograms per liter (μg/L) or 400 parts per trillion for PFOA. That level is set based upon short-term contact and the EPA is currently developing guidance for long-term exposure levels, which EPA is expected to release in the near future.

For background, the investigation into the potential presence of perfluorochemicals (PFCs) in drinking water in Merrimack, began several weeks ago when Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics notified NHDES that perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) was detected at 30 parts per trillion in samples taken from four water faucets within their Merrimack facility, which is served by the Merrimack Village District Water System. PFOA has been detected in the Hoosick Falls, NY, water supply and in some private wells in North Bennington, VT, near other Saint-Gobain facilities. Because materials containing PFOA have been used at the plant in Merrimack, Saint-Gobain voluntarily tested the water at its Merrimack facility.

NHDES is still waiting for additional test results from samples collected during this time period. In addition, NHDES is working with homeowners within a 1-mile radius to collect water samples from wells that have not been previously tested. For more information related to the investigation, please visit the NHDES website at http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pfoa.htm