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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Media Center

DATE: March 11, 2011
CONTACT: James Martin, 603 271-3710

Wastewater Treatment Facility Debris Found on Beach in Seabrook, NH
Public Encouraged to Use Protective Gloves When In Contact with White Disks

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is notifying the public of concerns relating to round white plastic disks washing up on the beach at Seabrook, New Hampshire. These disks came from a wastewater treatment facility located in central New Hampshire that discharges to the Merrimack River. The treatment facility experienced a malfunction during a recent heavy rain event which caused the plastic disks to be released into the Merrimack River. It is possible these disks may be found in other coastal areas as well as along the banks of the Merrimack River. An effort to clean up these disks is underway. DES advises the public not to handle these disks without protective plastic gloves because they may contain bacteria from the wastewater treatment process. The disks may be collected into plastic bags and disposed in a landfill as solid waste.

The disks are described as small white circular shaped mesh type disks that are approximately two inches in diameter. Photographs of these disks will be posted with this press release at For more information or to report seeing these disks, please call Jim Martin, DES Public Information Officer at 603 271-3710.

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