After distributing contaminated water, Haverhill company decides to close water operations – The Boston Globe

PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals, was associated with kidney cancer, low birth weights, and a variety of diseases.

 

The decision comes just days after the Globe reported that the water remained in New England’s supermarket shelves despite a state health advisory. The advisory was issued after New Hampshire regulators discovered that the 117-year-old company’s water exceeded the state’s new human-made chemicals standards.

 

 

The new filtration system was installed by the company that day, she said.

 

The Environmental Protection Agency does not have any legally binding PFAS chemicals regulations, but recommends that municipalities alert the public if the two most common PFAS chemicals reach 70 parts per trillion. Massachusetts uses the same limit for five of the chemicals. One part per trillion is about as much as a grain of sand in an Olympic pool.

 

 

New Hampshire’s new rules advise residents not to drink water for one of the most common PFAS chemicals exceeding 15 parts per trillion and 12 for another.

New Hampshire found that concentrations of these chemicals exceeded 19 and 49 parts per trillion, respectively, in Spring Hill water. In some bottled water, the total amount of PFAS exceeded 137 parts per trillion.

The authorities in Vermont’s Environmental Conservation Department also told Associated Press on Friday that they worked with Spring Hill and its distributors to ensure that water was removed from Vermont stores.

Avigail Kosowsky, a company spokeswoman, said that the company is out of business and no longer shipping water anywhere.

Public health advocates urged the company to remove water from the shelves and urged the states to do more to alert the public to contaminated water.

 

First, officials of the company said that the cause of the contamination was probably external, such as machinery, and later said that chemicals were found at the source of water, even though they continued to distribute water.

 

In his letter to customers, Rogers blamed the media for his decision to close, as well as for changing government regulations.

Rogers said he informed his company’s decision to close more than 30 employees.

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