Merrimack residents ask Saint Gobain to pay for water filtration in schools

Merrimack residents ask Saint Gobain to pay for water filtration in schools


THE BILL, BUT SOME SAY THAT’S
NOT RIGHT. WMUR’S JESSICA MORAN LIVE
TONIGHT IN MERRIMACK WITH THE
DEMAND AND SAINT GOBAIN’S
REACTION.>>TOM RESIDENTS HERE IN
, MERRIMACK SAY SAINT GOBAIN HAS
PAID FOR WATER FILTRATION IN
OTHER TOWNS, IMPACTED BY
CONTAMINATION. AND THEY JUST WANT THE SAME FOR
THEIR CHILDREN.>>WHAT THEY’VE DONE ELSEWHERE
IS MORE, THAN NEW HAMPSHIRE
.
JESSICA: MORE THAN 700 PEOPLE IN
MERRIMACK ARE DEMANDING SAINT
GOBAIN TO PAY FOR WATER FILTRATION IN SIX PUBLIC
SCHOOLS. A COST THAT’S BEEN PASSED ONTO
TAXPAYERS.>>WE DECIDED TO PUT A PETITION
TOGETHER TO ASK THE COMPANY TO
REIMBURSE BECAUSE THE TAX PAYERS
ARE FUNDING THIS MONEY TO FILTER
THE SCHOOLS AND THEY ARE THE
RESPONSIBLE PARTY. JESSICA: IN 2016, ELEVATED
LEVELS OF CHEMICALS USED IN
PLASTICS MANUFACTURING WERE
FOUND NEAR SAINT GOBAIN
PERFORMACE PLASTICS IN
MERRIMACK. NOW THE TOWN IS PAYING MORE THAN
$128,000 TO FILTER WATER IN
PUBLIC SCHOOLS. IN A STATEMENT TO WMUR SAINT
GOBAIN SAYS IN ADDITION TO
AGREEMENTS TO FUND FILTRATION
SYSTEMS IN CERTAIN WELLS,
TESTING SHOWS THE PFOA LEVELS IN
THE SCHOOL DISTRICT’S WATER ARE BELOW THE STATE’S 70 PARTS PER
TRILLION STANDARD. AND THAT THE DISTRICT’S WATER
PROVIDER USES WATER FROM A BROAD
AREA THAT INCLUDES MANY POSSIBLE
SOURCES OF PFOA. THAT IS NOT EXACTLY WHAT
PETITIONERS WANTED TO HEAR.>>I THINK ITS DISAPPOINTING AND
I DID NOTICE AT THE END THAT
THEY STATED THEY REMAIN OPEN TO
DISCUSSING THIS FURTHER WITH THE
SCHOOL SYSTEM. I WONDER WHAT THAT MEANS. JESSICA: FOR NOW, SOME PARENTS
ARE TAKING EXTRA PRECAUTIONS.>>A LOT OF KIDS HAVE BROUGHT
BOTTLED WATER TO SCHOOL THE LAST
COUPLE YEARS. A LOT OF PARENTS HAVE STATED
THAT ITS IMPOSSIBLE TO SEND YOUR
KIDS TO SCHOOL WITH THAT AMOUNT
OF WATER. JESSICA: SAINT GOBAIN SAYS AT
THIS TIME IT CANNOT AGREE TO
SUPPLY AN ADDITIONAL FILTRATION
SYSTEM. AS FOR THE PETITIONERS, THEY ARE
DISAPPOINTED BUT THEY ARE HAPPY
TH

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