To the Editor:

After some concerns I had regarding testing of PFAS at our local superfund site, I reached out to environmental scientist, PFAS expert and advocate Mindi Messmer of the NH Clean Water Alliance for help. In doing so, buried in a document, dangerous levels of PFAS (toxic man-made Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) were found in the marsh above Country Pond (In September 2018 and just reported this April).

Thanks to digging deeper, we are demanding expedited testing and analysis in Newton and Kingston, but we need your help. We do not yet know if the chemicals have migrated into the pond, or nearby wells, but every precaution needs to be taken to keep our community safe and make sure testing is done before swim season begins when children will be in the water. We will put pressure on DES and the EPA to meet these challenges in a timely manner. Levels in our marsh were 5600 ppt (parts per trillion)! Safe levels vary state to state but range from 10 ppt to 40 ppt, putting us at 500 times above the safe limit! These levels are twice as high as those found at Pease and Coakley landfill, which you’ve likely read about and seen on TV. Clean water is crucial to our health and well being!

Come find out more at the free screening of “The Devil We Know” on Thurs., May 30, 6:00 p.m. at Newton Town Hall, 2 Town Hall Road.

When we come together as a community and gain knowledge, we become empowered to accomplish so much more, so please join us to learn more about these chemicals, and what we can do to ensure Newton has clean, safe water.

Kate Michaels, Newton



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