“CONCORD – A Committee of Conference on Monday voted to release what state Rep. Mindi Messmer, D-Rye, called a “neutered” version of HB 1766, which initially sought to have the Coakley Landfill Group (CLG) install a pump and treat system at the Superfund cleanup site.

Messmer and a bi-partisan group of Seacoast lawmakers introduced the bill, which passed the House as written, but was amended in the Senate version by state Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, D-Portsmouth.

The Committee of Conference released Fuller Clark’s version of the bill, which removed the language concerning the pump and treat system at Coakley from the bill.

People living around the landfill in Greenland and North Hampton are concerned dangerous chemicals leaching from the landfill will contaminate their residential wells…

The EPA recently ordered the CLG to conduct a deep bedrock study at the landfill to determine if there are pathways that contaminated water could follow from the landfill to nearby residential wells.

HB 1766 now only requires that N.H. Department of Environmental Services reports to the Legislature on the results of the study and other PFAS contamination around the Seacoast.

State Sen. Dan Innis, R-New Castle, offered an amendment to put the treatment system language back in the bill, but it failed, Messmer said.”

Read the full article by Jeff McMenemy