Water Contamination Worry Residents in Greenland and North Hampton
According to Seacoastonline.com, last night at Exeter High School, about 200 people gathered to talk about their concerns of PFAS chemicals in their town water. The story says the EPA is holding a two day community event on the topic.
The article also says that many people living near a cleanup site in Greenland and North Hampton are worried that chemicals escaping from the landfill will seep in to their residential drinking wells.
What are PFAS chemicals? Nothing good. According to the EPA, they are man-made chemicals that do not break down in our system and over time, can build up.
The EPA website says that PFAS can be found, not just in water, but in the following places:
- Food packaged in PFAS-containing materials
- Commercial household products including paint, cleaning products and fire-fighting foams
- Your workplace including production facilities that use PFAS.
- Your drinking water that may be associated with a specific landfill, like the Coakley Landfill in North Hampton.
- Living organisms like fish and animals where PFAS have the ability to build up over time.
If you're concerned about this subject for Greenland, North Hampton or anywhere, contact the EPA. No one should wait until severe health problems enter their lives to know the truth about these chemicals.