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Reimbursement sought in filtration disks’ release

By Neal J. Riley
Globe Correspondent / March 16, 2011

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North Shore officials are asking state Attorney General Martha Coakley to hold the town of Hooksett, N.H., financially responsible for the release of hundreds of thousands of waste filtration disks from the town’s wastewater plant that ended up on Bay State beaches.

In a letter sent to the attorney general on Monday, Senate minority leader Bruce E. Tarr, Republican of Gloucester, and other officials from both political parties asked Coakley to ensure that communities in Massachusetts are reimbursed for the cleanup of the disks that were released March 6 following heavy rain.

Twenty-four disks tested by the state Department of Environmental Protection on Monday were not found to have E. coli or Enterococaccae bacteria, which were found in earlier tests in New Hampshire.

The officials allege in the letter that proper notification from Hooksett to downstream communities would have saved thousands of dollars and averted many public safety concerns.

The attorney general’s office is reviewing the investigation request, said Coakley spokeswoman Melissa Karpinsky.