ATKINSON, NH – Gould Electronics has paid $1.9 million to the EPA for costs to construct drinking water line extensions to homes with contaminated wells here, under an agreement with the EPA’s New England office.

"This settlement demonstrates the EPA's effort to provide safe drinking water to the residents of Atkinson without taxpayers having to bear this burden alone," said EPA New England regional administrator Alexandra Dunn.

From 1984 to 2004, Johnson and Johnston manufactured metal foil products for the PCB industry here. The EPA alleges Gould is the legal successor to Johnson and Johnston, which Gould bought in 1999.

In June 2013, the EPA determined groundwater contamination at the manufacturing location exceeded acceptable standards and posed a threat to human health in the nearby drinking water wells.

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