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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Atkinson and 1,4-Dioxane

In late 2011 and early 2012, residential drinking water wells in the Emery Drive area of Atkinson were found to contain amounts of 1,4-Dioxane above the state health standard. DES immediately provided impacted residents with bottled water and sampled additional wells in the vicinity. At the same time, DES brought together federal, state and local officials to assist in source area investigations and assess options for a long term water supply solution.

1,4-Dioxane is classified by the US Environmental Protection Agency as a likely carcinogen. It is primarily used as a stabilizer and solvent and is also a component of some cosmetics, detergents and shampoos.

Preliminary investigations indicate that 1,4-Dioxane likely migrated to the Emery Drive area from an upgradient source. Further efforts by DES to fully identify the extent of 1,4-Dioxane contamination and negotiate a long term water supply solution are ongoing.

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