Senator looks to stop spread of PFAS pollution
Activists Petition State For Stricter PFAS Chemical Limits As Public Comment Closes
Former state Rep. Mindi Messmer, an environmental scientist and co-founder of New Hampshire Safe Water Alliance, said the biggest concern for PFAS exposure still comes from runoff from landfills, such as Coakley, into surface water supplies and also from PFAS chemicals’ presence in biosolids, which get turned into compost material and spread over agricultural lands.
“There are 300 landfills in the state and only eight have liners under them. There’s a lot that needs to be addressed in a holistic approach,” said Messmer, who is also a member of the state Commission on the Seacoast Cancer Cluster Investigation.
Greenland wants more protective water standards
Based on the new research from Minnesota, which the state says it’s also reviewing, Messmer says the standards should instead be no higher than: 3 ppt for PFOA; 13 ppt for PFOS; 30 ppt for PFHxS; and 1 ppt for PFNA.
Messmer led a group of environmental activists to deliver a petition with more than a thousand signatures at the DES offices in Portsmouth Friday.
“Now it’s time for our state to stop protecting the financial interests of polluters and start protecting us from the chemicals in the water,” Messmer said. “We have paid our price.”
Agency: Pease PFAS exposure poses health risk
GREENLAND -- The Board of Selectmen sent a letter to state officials urging them to set more protective drinking water standards for dangerous PFAS chemicals.
“While the standards being proposed are a good start and an improvement over current standards, the town believes that the proposed limits are not strict enough to ensure the safety of our drinking water,” selectmen state in the letter.
My Turn: What is Sununu doing to New Hampshire schools?
ATSDR acknowledges it has heard concerns from mothers who have been exposed to PFAS and how it might affect their infants when breastfeeding.
“Developmental effects are the most sensitive adverse health effects resulting from early life exposure to some PFAS,” the ATSDR stated in the report. “Studies have shown infants are exposed during pregnancy, through the mother to the fetus, and occur to the nursing infant during breastfeeding.”
NH House declares ‘imminent hazard’ at Coakley landfill
Public schools offer children a refuge from an opioid epidemic and homelessness. They offer opportunities for every child to achieve their dreams. They are not perfect, but they are always improving. We must continue to work to make them better and support our educators.
‘The Devil We Know’ screenings to show threat of PFAS chemical
House Bill 494, sponsored by Rep. Renny Cushing, D-Hampton, declares an “imminent hazard” and directs the state Department of Environmental Services to pursue an immediate remedy to remove or contain certain contaminants from the landfill.
My Turn: Lawmakers must step up to protect our water
he film screenings are a collaboration of New Hampshire Safe Water Alliance, Union of Concerned Scientists, Conservation Law Foundation, NH Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters, Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program and Dartmouth’s Sustainability Department.
Gillibrand wants ban on all PFAS chemicals
It’s time for the DES to act to protect our citizens and our water. Water is life.
Washington Gov. Inslee touts climate change platform
Former Democratic state Rep. Mindi Messmer of Rye pointed to two pediatric cancer clusters identified on the Seacoast and that New Hampshire has the highest rates of pediatric, breast and bladder cancers in America.
Gillibrand noted New York has cancer clusters “all across my state” because of its manufacturing tradition.
“It’s something the EPA must take seriously,” she said. “Our responsibility is to protect people, our number one responsibility, but the greed and corruption in Washington, I promise you, the polluters, they have so much power. Money in politics drowns out everyone else’s voice. The biggest challenge we have is not just the pollution, it’s the greed.”
Raymond Buckley elected to seventh term as NH Democratic Party chair
Messmer asked Inslee what his position is on health care, on providing it for everyone.
“I believe universal health access is a right,” said Inslee. “I hope we (Washington) will be the first state with a public option. We are integrating our physical and mental health care. And, I believe in increasing access to Medicare for all who want it.”
New Hampshire can live without the death penalty
Elected to the party's rules committee were State Rep. Renny Cushing, Esther Dickinson, Ryan Mahoney, Gene Martin and former Reps. Mindi Messmer and Jackie Weatherspoon.
TAKING A LOOK AT CLEAN DRINKING WATER
On Thursday March 7, the full House will vote on whether to repeal the death penalty in NH. The bill received an “ought to pass” recommendation from the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.
On the Trail: Feltes looking, sounding like a gubernatorial candidate
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.
The Devil We Know' documentary about PFOA may be a film Granite Staters should see
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.
Bill forces NH to clean up landfill
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.
NRC defends Seabrook Station’s license extension
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
Chemicals detected in bedrock outside of Coakley landfill
[Photo courtesy of Max Sullivan | Seacoastonline]
HAMPTON -- U.S. nuclear officials said they’re not “rushing to judgment” on an early decision to grant Seabrook Station’s license extension when pressed in a public meeting Wednesday.
Presidential Candidate Delaney calls for 'common purpose'
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.
Messmer to Remain on Seacoast Cancer Commission
[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.
RYE - Former state Rep. Mindi Messmer will continue serving on the Commission on the Seacoast Cancer Cluster Investigation after a recent vote by Rye Selectmen.
Selectmen voted 3-0 to reappoint Messmer to the commission, even though she is no longer a state representative.