Company reportedly agrees to pay for water treatment plan

December 29, 2019 GMT

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire city’s mayor-elect announced that a steel company has agreed to pay the full cost of building an estimated $15 million to $20 million water treatment plant to clean up an aquifer.

“Schnitzer agreed to fully take care of the problem they created,” Dover Mayor-elect Robert Carrier told Foster’s Daily Democrat on Friday.

Positive tests for dangerous chemicals led to the closure of two wells in Dover’s Pudding Hill Aquifer. The paper reported that the chemicals migrated from the nearby Madbury Metals site, a former recycling yard that was owned by Schnitzer Industries. The chemicals include perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, collectively known as PFAS.


When asked previously if Schnitzer should pay for the entire cost of the plan, Robert Carrier said he didn’t think so.

City Manager J. Michael Joyal said none of the contaminants made it to the public water drinking supply.

The Dover City Council voted unanimously this month to pay engineers an additional $603,000 to design a system for removing the contaminants. Schnitzer agreed to pay those costs.