PFC Contamination in Southern New Hampshire

The NH DHHS issued a health alert on April 6, regarding Perfluorochemical (PFC) Contamination in Southern New Hampshire.

NH Division of Public Health Services (NH DPHS) draws your attention to the following:

Key Points and Recommendations

  • Perfluorochemicals (PFCs) are a group of synthetic chemicals that have been used widely in manufacturing and are being increasingly identified in our communities as a cause of drinking water contamination.
  • A new site of environmental and drinking water contamination was recently identified in the Merrimack and Litchfield, NH areas related to a plastics company which used perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in its manufacturing process.
  • New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) is leading an investigation into the extent of environmental and drinking water contamination; New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) is supporting by helping to address health concerns.
  • It is important for healthcare providers to familiarize themselves with what is currently known about PFCs and to review NH DHHS recommendations because it is likely that providers will be asked about how PFCs might affect their patients’ health, and whether additional medical or blood testing is recommended.
  • We have created a healthcare provider Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document (see attachment) to assist providers in understanding the current knowledge regarding PFCs, and to communicate the current NH DHHS recommendations.
  • Healthcare providers can also review the resources available on our Pease Tradeport response website, which contains "Presentations & Videos" pertaining to the health effects of PFC's.  
  • Click here for the full DHHS alert.