TAKING A LOOK AT CLEAN DRINKING WATER

What’s in your drinking water? This a question many in the U.S. may not think to ask themselves. On Wednesday, Feb. 20 the Environmental Studies department, along with environmental health scientist and U.S. Congressional candidate Mindi Messmer, hosted a screening of the film “The Devil We Know” and held a panel discussion afterwards.

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On the Trail: Feltes looking, sounding like a gubernatorial candidate

Others to possibly keep an eye on are former deputy secretary of state and Bureau of Securities Regulation director Mark Connolly, who ran unsuccessfully for the 2016 gubernatorial nomination, former state representative Mindi Messmer of Rye, who ran unsuccessfully last year for the open seat in the 1st Congressional District, and Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig, who’s running for re-election this year for a second term.

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The Devil We Know' documentary about PFOA may be a film Granite Staters should see

Since the documentary “The Devil We Know” hit Netflix last month, the film’s promotional website has crashed several times because Americans are desperate to gain more knowledge about a family of chemicals affecting communities nationwide, the film’s producer said.

“This is not about one chemical,” said Kristin Lazure last week, a producer with Atlas Films. “It is really about a system that is broken. PFAS chemicals need stricter regulations.” PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, includes man-made chemicals such as GenX and perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, the chemical found in Teflon.

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Bill forces NH to clean up landfill

CONCORD, N.H. – Calling the Coakley Landfill in North Hampton a “toxic soup,” state Rep. Renny Cushing, D-Hampton, on Tuesday asked fellow lawmakers to take action to clean it up now.

But speaking to members of the House Environment and Agriculture Committee, Robert Sullivan, a lawyer for the City of Portsmouth, which is part of the Coakley Landfill Group, said there is no imminent threat to public health as the bill describes

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Chemicals detected in bedrock outside of Coakley landfill

GREENLAND -- The Environmental Protection Agency confirmed three recently dug “bedrock boreholes” near the Coakley landfill have tested positive for PFAS and 1,4-dioxane, both of which are suspected carcinogens.

The bedrock boreholes were dug outside of the Superfund cleanup site as part of the deep bedrock investigation to determine how contaminants are moving around and off the landfill site.

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Presidential Candidate Delaney calls for 'common purpose'

[Photo by Rich Beauschesne| Seacoast Online]

GREENLAND -- Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney believes “the central question facing this country is how terribly divided we are.”

“I think we need more unity and more common purpose in this country. We’re way too divided and someone has to run (for president) who actually cares about that,” Delaney said after visiting the Coakley landfill Monday with scientist and former state Rep. Mindi Messer and state Rep. Mike Edgar, D-Hampton.

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Feb. 6 Less Cancer Workshop Focuses On Cancer Prevention On Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Next Generation Choices Foundation, commonly known as "Less Cancer," is hosting a major, nationally-streamed educational workshop for legislators on Feb. 6 on Capitol Hill.  

Featuring more than 25 cancer prevention speakers in five hours, the Workshop looks at topics such as screening, cancer disparities and inequities, chemicals and childhood health policy and advocacy.

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Mindi Messmer: Women at the table

We have a lot to celebrate this year. One hundred women were elected to Congress, and 179 women ran for state representative or state Senate in New Hampshire. We have the most diverse Congress in history. Here in New Hampshire, we had an unprecedented number of young people and women run for office, including the first ever two transgender people elected to the N.H. House of Representatives. 

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Dartmouth Researchers Hail N.H. Bill to Cut Arsenic Allowed in Water

Concord — A group of Dartmouth researchers studying the effects of toxic metals is applauding a plan to reduce the allowable threshold for arsenic levels in New Hampshire’s drinking water.

The state Department of Environmental Services last week proposed halving its arsenic limit to five parts per billion. In a recent report, officials said the reduction is aimed at protecting the health of Granite Staters.

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Mindi Messmer: Welcome to our new, exciting Congress

By MINDI MESSMER
For the Monitor

Saturday, January 05, 2019

It is so inspiring to see the 116th Congress, the most incredibly diverse in history, taking their seats. This congressional class is the youngest, the most racially, ethnically and gender diverse, ever.

This Congress has the most women ever, although it is still only about one-fifth women, so there is still some room to do some work there. Some have young families and are pushing Washington to be more attentive to their needs, which ultimately will result in more younger parents running for and winning seats.

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Court: Coakley Landfill Group must follow Right to Know law

PORTSMOUTH -- A Superior Court judge ruled the Coakley Landfill Group is a “public body” and must follow the state’s Right to Know law.

Superior Court Judge N. William Delker added in his 22-page decision released Tuesday that the CLG’s executive committee must hold public meetings from now on and follow all rules dictated by the state’s Right to Know law.

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Rep. Mindi Messmer: Senseless loss on the Seacoast

Our community has lost another young life to cancer. This is another loss to rhabdomyosarcoma identified in the Seacoast pediatric cancer cluster. The double cancer cluster in the Seacoast area consists of higher than expected rates of rhabdomyosarcoma and pleuropulmonary blastoma but also almost three times the expected rate for brain and central nervous system cancers in our children. This child is a member of our community. I have a son about the same age.

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State rep. concerned after name appears on white nationalist site

CONCORD, N.H. —

A New Hampshire state representative is asking the attorney general's office to investigate after her name, picture and personal information was posted to a white nationalist website.

Rep. Mindi Messmer, D-Rye, said her information was posted to the New Hampshire site, along with about 20 other legislators. Messmer, who is running for Congress in the 1st Congressional District, sponsored legislation earlier this year condemning hate crimes and racism.

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