By Annie Ropeik, NHPR
At least four New Hampshire fire departments have found an elevated level of toxic chemicals known as PFCs in their drinking water.
The state says the Franklin Fire Department, Kingston and Windham Fire Stations, and the former fire station at New Boston air base all reported elevated levels of PFCs, or perflourinated chemicals, in their well water.
That’s out of the 12 departments that have sent test results to the Department of Environmental Services so far, with more expected.
PFCs are found in many man-made substances, including some firefighting foams that can run off into private wells. Some studies have linked PFCs to cancer and other health problems.
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