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During hearings for a bill in the New Hampshire legislature, Christine Jameson from Hampton, New Hampshire gave heartbreaking testimony. She recounted that her 33-year-old firefighter husband Kyle died from what doctors say is a work-related cancer, T-Cell prolymphocytic leukemia. He also left behind a 2.5-year-old child.
THERE ARE JUST over 5,000 people in Rye, New Hampshire. So when Mindi Messmer heard that four of them — all children — had developed an exceedingly rare cancer, she knew something was gravely wrong. Messmer, who had worked as an environmental consultant for 30 years, called Tom Sherman, who was her representative in the state legislature, to discuss what she feared was an environmental crisis.
“While it is likely that the car wash is responsible for some PFAS contamination, it is not responsible for other Aquarion wells that are contaminated in North Hampton,” said Messmer.
GREENLAND -- Environmental Protection Agency Region 1 Administrator Alexandra Dunn met with community members Monday to listen to their concerns about the threats posed by the nearby Coakley landfill.
GREENLAND — Perfluorinated chemicals are no longer just a matter of emerging concern, according to an official at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
“It is now a top priority issue for the U.S. EPA,” Region 1 Administrator Alexandra Dunn said during a news conference at Coakley Landfill, where residents are concerned about perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) in surface and drinking water.
CONWAY — Democrat Mindi Messmer cares about people and the environment and believes the two are intertwined. The first-term state representative from Rye believes she’s the candidate who can best reach across the aisle in Washington, D.C., to make the country a better and safer place — it’s why she’s seeking the Democratic nomination in the 1st Congressional District.
Rep. Mindi Messmer sat down with NH1.com on Monday to talk about why she’s running for Congress in the 1st District.
Messmer, a Democrat and scientist, wants to address worker’s rights and LGBTQ and environmental issues. She’s a known advocate for water protection, chronic disease and cancer prevention.
“Those issues actually extend to national issues,” she said. “Especially with regard to climate change and drinking water protection. Those are huge national and international issues now as we face climate change across the world.”
PORTSMOUTH -- The New Hampshire congressional delegation, led by U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, sent a letter to the heads of the federal Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Health and Human Services demanding they immediately release a draft health study that concludes PFAS chemicals can harm human health at levels far lower than the EPA has acknowledged.
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.
PORTSMOUTH -- A bipartisan group of state lawmakers is asking the federal Inspector General to launch an investigation into the financial operations of the Coakley Landfill Group.