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Welcome

Welcome. This website will be used to update interested parties on NHDES’ current investigation into the presence of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) in New Hampshire. You can access our previous webpage for archived information:  https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pfoa.htm.

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Public Information Meeting – East Kingston, June 20

News from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: June 14, 2019 CONTACT: Jim Martin, 603 271-3710 des.nh.gov twitter.com/NHDES Public Information Meeting NHDES to Provide Update on East Kingston PFAS Investigation Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) in cooperation with the Town of East Kingston Read More

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State of New Hampshire Announces Historic Lawsuit, Actions to Protect Clean Drinking Water in New Hampshire

May 29, 2019 – Governor Chris Sununu, Attorney General Gordon MacDonald, and DES Commissioner Bob Scott announced historic action to protect New Hampshire’s natural resources by filing two lawsuits against companies for the manufacturing and dissemination of PFAS in New Hampshire. The lawsuits seek damages for contamination of the State’s natural resources with four different Read More

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Site Investigation and Report on 2018 Stormwater and Surface Water Activities

NHDES received two reports prepared by Golder Associates, Inc. on behalf of Saint-Gobain that summarize results of investigation activities at the Saint-Gobain Facility. The Report on 2018 Stormwater and Surface Water Activities (Volume 1 and Volume 2), dated March 15, 2019, is focused on the results of stormwater and surface water sampling conducted in 2018, Read More

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4 Reports of Various PFAS Tests Conducted by the EPA Office of Research and Development in NH

In 2017, NHDES requested assistance from the U.S. EPA’s Office of Research and Development (EPA ORD) to conduct analyses of various samples for the potential existence of PFAS compounds. NHDES and EPA jointly developed two work plans for the sampling and analysis. Work Plan #1 guided the collection and analyses of samples of groundwater, surface Read More

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Information for Upcoming PFAS Rulemaking Hearings

NHDES has initiated the rulemaking authorized by legislation enacted in the 2018 legislative session to establish maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for four compounds: perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), and perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS). In support of this activity and the others listed below, NHDES has scheduled three public comment hearings Read More

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New Information May Change NHDES Proposed PFAS Drinking Water Standards

New Information May Change NHDES Proposed PFAS Drinking Water Standards On December 31, 2018, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) initiated rulemaking to establish Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) and Ambient Groundwater Quality Standards (AGQS) for four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA) and perfluorohexanesulfonic Read More

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EPA to Announce First-Ever Comprehensive Nation Wide PFAS Action Plan

EPA Region 1 is hosting a Regional Press Conference to announce the Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan Action Plan. The event will be at 11:00am tomorrow, Thursday, February 14, 2019 at the New England Regional Laboratory.  EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) Assistant Administrator – and former EPA New England Regional Read More