“GREENLAND — Local activist Jillian Lane called a meeting she had with the chairman of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund Task Force “extremely productive.”

Lane was one of about eight or nine residents from across the United States who met with Albert Kelly last week in Washington, D.C.

‘It certainly felt like Albert Kelly was listening and compassionate about the situation the residents living around the Coakley landfill are dealing with,’ Lane said Thursday.

She stated that during the meeting Kelly ‘reminded us that he was there for us and working for us.’

Lane said Kelly told her he is also planning to visit the Superfund clean-up site sometime in May.

‘I hope that will be a community meeting,’ Lane said.

Like others living around the landfill in Greenland and North Hampton, Lane is worried that dangerous chemicals leaching from the landfill will contaminate their residential drinking wells.

Monitoring wells at the landfill detected 1,4-dioxane at levels above the EPA’s health advisory level and PFOS levels as high as 1,108 parts per trillion. Both chemicals are suspected carcinogens. The health advisory for PFOS and PFOA is 70 parts per trillion…

The meeting in Washington was hosted by the Center for Environmental Health and Justice and the Toxics Action Center.

Lane took a letter with her to the meeting that was signed by 169 residents. The letter calls the Coakley landfill Superfund site ‘a vast wasteland in the middle of some of New Hampshire’s most beautiful and historic communities.’ ”

Read the full article by Jeff McMenemy

[**Note: Albert Kelly has since resigned amid ethics inquiries**]