Environment & Energy Report

New Hampshire Closer to Setting New Limits on Teflon Chemicals (1)

March 7, 2018, 6:51 PMUpdated: March 7, 2018, 10:13 PM

A New Hampshire bill that would set new limits on chemical contamination in drinking water, groundwater, and air is headed to the state Senate after passing the House by voice vote.

Lawmakers passed the bill (HB 1101) March 6 as the state grapples with widespread contamination of groundwater and drinking water with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), and related compounds.

PFOA was phased out in 2015 but was used widely in paint, waxes, firefighting chemicals, and Teflon manufacturing. The Environmental Protection Agency links the chemicals to low birth weight, birth defects, liver damage, some cancers, and immune and...

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