We need safe drinking water. We need a clean environment. We need to work together to stop climate change and build resiliency against rising sea levels.

To ensure we — and future generations — can live in the healthiest and safest environment possible, let’s ensure that our state government’s decisions and policies are informed by science, facts, and evidence.

Let’s put a public health scientist, Mindi Messmer, on the Executive Council. By voting for Messmer, it is one step we can take to ensure that — as the state carries out public policy through its contracting power and its 10-year…

Residents of Southern New Hampshire are concerned about the quality of their drinking water. Recently, during an HB737 statutory commission meeting to investigate the air, soil, and drinking water pollution caused to Saint Gobain Performance Plastics in Merrimack, I uncovered that the NH Department of Environmental Services (DES) was not complying with the law. Within the area closest to Saint Gobain (subject of a 2018 Consent Decree between the State and the polluter), the State had not required notification of residents most proximate to the facility about the potential contamination in their drinking water wells with the Teflon™ “forever” chemicals…

EPA has issued a toxicity assessment for #PFBS, one of the more than 9,200 #PFAS chemicals known to exist. NH regulates 4 of them in drinking water. Other states like Vermont and Massachusetts have moved to regulate 5 or 6 PFAS chemicals with a total not to exceed 20 parts per trillion for all 6, this could be more stringent than the NH maximum contaminant levels (MCLs).

“The EPA concluded that data for PFBS are adequate to support derivation of a data-informed dosimetric adjustment.”

EPA says that health outcomes evaluated across available studies included effects on the thyroid, reproductive organs…

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Our artificial Christmas tree is still standing in our living room. We couldn’t bring ourselves to close the door on Christmas this year since we could not gather as a family. It will stay up until our family can gather together again.

Like so many families, we lost loved ones during the pandemic and could not be with them in their last days or properly mourn our losses.

As I readied for a zoom memorial for my late mother, I looked through old family photos.

Our family Christmas Eve routine includes putting ornaments on the tree and attending the local…

Linda Birnbaum, Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., A.T.S.

Last weekend, Linda Birnbaum, Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., A.T.S. is the former Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health, and the National Toxicology Program (NTP) spoke to New Hampshire Safe Water Alliance about the “Perils of #PFAS.”

Some eye-opening highlights included that there are now over

- there are more than 9,200 PFAS compounds recognized.

NH leads the nation in regulating 4 of them with enforceable standards to protect our drinking water.

The manufacturers like DuPont and 3M have known since as early as 1962 that PFAS exposure caused illness…

We have heard a lot about ways we are divided. By politics, race, ethnicity, gender, religion…but what about the commonality we share?

In retrospect, the national effort to regulate a group of more than 5,000 “Forever Chemicals” (PFAS), used in a multitude of consumer products, from non-stick pans to waterproof rain gear to food packaging, firefighting aqueous film-forming foams (AFFF), and plastics, etc. have come far in a relatively short period of time.

As we advocate for change, especially with threats to public health, it can seem like nothing changes, but incremental changes can lead to big change.

In 2014…

Today, we hear that Trump passed on buying additional vaccines from Pfizer, which may delay additional shipments until June or July after the initial 100M doses (for 50M people?). States were tasked with devising their own vaccination priorities for implementation without knowing exactly how many doses or when the vaccines are coming.

At the same time, we hear that Florida police raided the home of a data scientist whistleblower who was fired in May for saying the state was covering up the true infection rate.

In NH, according to Ethan DeWitt of the Concord Monitor, “Sununu attended the GOP November…

“The Seacoast needs the science background that Mindi will bring to the Executive Council, in deciding state contracts, senior appointments in NH Government, and citizen selections to state agencies, boards, and commissions. The appointments must be willing to protect public health and lead us to a green future. For NH to move forward after the end of the COVID19 pandemic, we need Mindi.” ~Anita Klein, Assoc. Prof. Biological Sciences Emerita

It all has come down to this. So much is on the line starting in less than 48 hours.

On Thursday, Attorney Paul Twomey presented oral arguments on behalf of…

An unexpected and lifechanging diagnosis, which I have never shared publicly, has shaken my family over the past few months.

In late March, I rushed my husband to the emergency room, fearing he had COVID-19. With the hospital in a virtual lockdown due to the pandemic, I couldn’t be with him as he spoke to the doctors. I waited in the car.

Around 1 a.m., my 55-year-old husband called me from the ER. His voice broke up as he told me he had leukemia. They were rushing him to Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital.

The shock has still not worn off…


Rep. Renny Cushing of Hampton says “VICTORY for the PEOPLE!”

Today, the Superior Court dissolved 3M’s and Plymouth Water & Sewer’s injunction which blocked implementation of the PFAS drinking water protections. Court documents state, “The preliminary injunction

is dissolved on the date that the new STATUTORILY mandated levels go into effect.” This ruling follows earlier filings where the main plaintiffs, Plymouth Water & Sewer, voluntarily pulled out of the suit earlier this week.

This is a major victory for the citizens of the state of NH. The legislature’s moves to pass HB1264 into law resulted in the toppling…

Mindi Messmer, PG, CG

Data-Driven Public Health Leader, Advocate, and Strategist

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