New Hampshire Senators Call for Funding to Deal with Water Contamination

NEW HAMPSHIRE - New Hampshire's Senators, Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, joined some of their Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee, calling for funding for programs and safety efforts to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

These PFAS have contaminated drinking water in New Hampshire and across the U.S., according to a release from the senators' offices.  It's a by-product of firefighting foam used at millitary bases and civilian airports, and its been found in groundwater and drinking water wells.

"Residents of our states are concerned about exposure, and what this means for their health and safety," the senators wrote.

"We urge your support for programs that address this unregulated and emerging water contaminant," the letter continued.

While the health effects of these chemicals are still being determined, studies have linked PFAS exposure to developmental damage, certain cancers, and immune system dysfunction, according to a release from the senators' offices.

You can read the full letter here.

Letter to Senate Appropriations Committee: Water Contamination Near Military Bases


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