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N.H. Residents Meet with EPA Over Landfill Contamination

The EPA has identified several contaminants in monitoring wells outside the landfill.

People living near the Coakley Landfill in New Hampshire met with EPA officials over concerns they have about their drinking water.

Over the last year, state agencies have tested monitoring wells at the landfill and found contaminants. The EPA also conducted a five-year study that concluded last year, but pledged to continuing monitoring the landfill until there is no more contamination.

WMUR has more:

The site, which serves Greenland, Portsmouth, North Hampton, Newington, New Castle and Pease Air Force Base, has been at the center of concern for some time. The EPA has identified several contaminants in monitoring wells outside the landfill.

“Over the past several years, we've encountered a couple different emerging contaminants,” said Brian Olsen, of the EPA. “One was called 1-4 dioxane, which is something that we never sampled for, never looked for in the past."

After last year's study, the EPA and state Department of Environmental Services recommended that the Coakley Landfill Group, made up of the city and towns the landfill serves, take steps to start looking deeper into the issue, including sampling drinking water wells for arsenic, manganese and other contaminants.

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