NH is currently engaged in a rule making process to come up with standards for 4 of the 4,700 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals in our drinking water. Some of us, including many scientists in NH and outside of the state believe that what the state has proposed doesn't go far enough to protect us all from cancer and chronic disease - especially our unborn and very young children.
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.
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.
Vermont and New Jersey have taken action to protect the public from these toxins in drinking water. Vermont says that 5 of these cannot exceed 20 parts per trillion. NJ has issued a 13 ppt for another PFAS and similar levels with at least two others. States like NY, MN, and MA are looking at similar levels or already have started to act.
It is so important for all of us to let the state know we want to err on the side of caution for our public health not for industry. Please email NHDES and tell them you want stricter protections on our drinking water. This makes it super easy to weigh in!