Help us get to 1,000 - Sign the petition to compel NHDES to protect our children from toxins in our water!

NH has the highest rates of pediatric, breast, bladder and esophageal cancer in the country. We also have a pediatric cancer cluster in the Seacoast.  

NHDES is currently starting a process to determine safe levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in our drinking water.  

But, due to industry and other pressure, NHDES has basically proposed to enact standards similar to the EPA advisories. In the meantime, states like New Jersey, Vermont, and Minnesota have proposed and enacted much more stringent levels of these chemicals in drinking water to protect their citizens from these toxins. European and some U.S. scientists say there is no safe level of these toxins in your water.

Enough is enough.  We want action! Your participation is crucial in this process.  We can make a difference by signing this petition.

As a concerned New Hampshire resident, I want:

1- The NH Department of Environmental Services and NH Department of Health and Human Services to protect public health by taking a precautionary approach to prevent cancer, and to protect human health at all life stages, including but not limited to prenatal development, as required by New Hampshire law.

2- NHDES to enact drinking water maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), and perfluorohexanesulfonic acid (PFHxS) equal to or lower than proposed and enacted by the NJ Drinking Water Quality Institute. The MCLs should be no less protective than 13 parts per trillion (ppt) for PFNA, 13 ppt for PFOS, 14 ppt for PFOA, and no less protective than 20 ppt for PFNA, PFOA, PFOS, PFHxS, and perfluorobutanesulfonic acid (PFBS), combined.

It has become increasingly clear that the EPA will not be leading to address this problem. Accordingly, it is essential New Hampshire’s state agencies protect the health of our families and communities by adopting these more stringent standards.

Mindi Messmer