Lawmakers’ frustration aired over water contamination bill

MERRIMACK — Frustration is being voiced after a bill designed to help regulate airborne contaminants in New Hampshire drinking water did not move forward.

The amended bill, HB 463, which would have required the state to consider tougher standards for acceptable limits of perfluorinated chemicals like perfluorooctanoic acid in drinking water, died Thursday in Concord as a House and Senate conference committee could not agree.

State Rep. Frank Byron, R-Litchfield, was the prime sponsor of the bill. He said it was designed to do one thing — fill a hole in state laws that would address pollution-emitting devices such as smokestacks.

Litchfield, Merrimack, Bedford and Amherst residences have been struggling with PFOA contamination in their water after Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics allegedly released the chemical out of its smokestack.


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