Town asks for temporary shutdown of plastics plant
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A New Hampshire town on Monday asked the state to temporarily shut down a plastics company after it says higher concentrations of a hazardous chemical were found in groundwater.
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics used PFOA at its Merrimack plant. The chemical has been linked to certain kinds of cancer and thyroid disease.
The town, the state and Saint-Gobain have been working on groundwater contamination since 2016. In letters sent Monday to Saint-Gobain and to the Department of Environmental Resources, the town said it was told Saint-Gobain stopped using the chemical in 2014, but testing this year shows the results are getting worse.