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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: January 29, 2010
CONTACT: Eric Abrams 603-271-5870
Dennis Pinski 603-271-6909

DES Releases Final Public Health Assessment of the Ambient Air Quality in Claremont
Companion Document Also released -Evaluation of Mercury Concentration in Fish Collected from Claremont Area Water Bodies Health Consultation

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Environmental Health Program (EHP) released the final version of the “Public Health Assessment of the Ambient Air Quality in Claremont, NH.” A companion health consultation document entitled “Evaluation of Mercury Concentrations in Fish Collected from Claremont Area Water Bodies Health Consultation” is also being released. EHP prepared these documents under its cooperative agreement with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

A draft Ambient Air Quality in Claremont Public Health Assessment was initially released to the public in 2009. Numerous public comments were received by EHP. The Final Release of the Public Health Assessment expands the scope of the draft document and addresses all of the public comments and concerns.

The companion document entitled “Evaluation of Mercury Concentrations in Fish Collected from Claremont Area Water Bodies” was initiated by public concerns regarding potential exposure to mercury, specifically from the Wheelabrator waste-to-energy facility in Claremont. Since the general population is most commonly exposed to mercury from eating fish containing mercury in the tissue, EHP examined fish tissue data from Claremont area water bodies.

The Public Health Assessment concludes that the ambient air in Claremont does not present a health hazard to the community. The Health Consultation provides eating guidelines for the safe consumption of fish from the water bodies studied.

The Public Health Assessment and the Health Consultation can be accessed at http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/air/pehb/ehs/ehp/index.htm or call 603- 271-5870 or e-mail eric.abrams@des.nh.gov to request a copy or provide comments.

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