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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: March 16, 2011
CONTACT: Jim Martin, 603 271-3710

Volunteer Beach Clean Up Tomorrow, Thursday, March 17;
Additional Update on Hooksett WWTP Disks

Concord, NH – As reported, small white circular shaped mesh disks that are approximately two inches in diameter were released into the Merrimack River from the Hooksett, NH Wastewater Treatment Facility. The Town of Hooksett has acknowledged that the disks were released from its wastewater treatment plant. DES and the NH Division of Public Health Services continue to advise that citizens should treat the disks as though they may contain bacterial contamination and should not be handled without protective gloves. Although the health risk is low, the public is advised not to handle these disks without protective plastic gloves.

DES and the Blue Ocean Society are coordinating a volunteer effort for Thursday from noon until 5 p.m. to collect disks from the following areas:

  • N. Hampton State Beach
  • Hampton – At the beach parking lot across from the Ashworth Hotel in Hampton
  • Seabrook – At the beach parking area south of the Hampton River Bridge (near the Yankee Fishermen’s Co-op)

Stations will be staffed, and the public is welcome to participate. More information about these efforts will be posted on both the DES website at www.des.nh.gov or the Blue Ocean Society’s website www.blueoceansociety.org.

Officials from the Town of Hooksett have provided new information on the number of small white round disks released from the Hooksett Wastewater Treatment Plant. The town has new estimates that the affected tank held over 39 million disks, not the previously reported 9 to 10 million disks. Additionally, the town has indicated that 10 to 20 percent of the disks may have been released or an estimated 4 million to 8 million disks.

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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