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Letter: Health should be basis for environmental policy


Wednesday, December 05, 2018

In response to Jim Roche’s “My Turn” (Monitor Forum, Nov. 29) headlined “Science-based PFAS regulation required”: The war on science at the EPA is impacting its ability to meet its designated mission – to protect our environment and health. To state that better detection technologies are the reason policy-makers and the public are “confused” about PFAS MCL’s is at best incorrect and at worst discrediting to the intelligence of the informed.

The truth is, N.H. citizens are now awake and knowledgeable, and recognize the need to advocate for human health as a priority.

It is unreasonable to expect that New Hampshire should sit back and accept an unsound federal advisory level. In the interest of N.H. citizens, DES must use the most advanced science available to determine safe drinking water and groundwater standards for the four compounds under review. This should include the ATSDR report that Roche did not mention. The precautionary principle, taking into account the most vulnerable amongst us, should be the basis for environmental and public health policy, not the cost to business.

We wholeheartedly agree with Roche that “the existing system is working.” However, we respectfully disagree as to who it is working for. Business and industry rights and profits have long taken precedent over those of residents and human health. In the interest of the sustainability of our environment and human well-being, this can no longer be tolerated. Man-made toxic chemicals do not belong in our air, water or soil.

Reps. NANCY MURPHY, KATHY STACK and WENDY THOMAS

Merrimack