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Coakley Looking Into Hooksett, NH Sewage Treatment Disk Release

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The round, plastic white disks have been washing up on beaches from Hampton, N.H. to Newburyport, Mass. (credit: NH DES)

The round, plastic white disks have been washing up on beaches from Hampton, N.H. to Newburyport, Mass. (credit: NH DES)

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HOOKSETT, N.H. (CBS) – Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said Thusday that her office would be looking into the mess caused when a sewage treatment plant in Hooksett, New Hampshire overflowed and sent millions of plastic disks floating down the Merrimac River.

New Hampshire has apologized, but  many Massachusetts communities are upset about how long it took for that state to notify them about the release of the disks.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports

The Attorney General’s office said it would also be handing any possible reimbursement claims by the cities and towns in Massachusetts. A north shore delegation has asked Governor Patrick to declare an enviornmental state of emergency.

This came as volunteers stepped up efforts to clean up the disks from north shore and southern New Hampshire beaches.

Volunteers had been picking up the disks by hand, one at a time. But by Thursday, they had begun setting up makeshift nets made of chicken wire, old tires and cinder blocks.

Many of the volunteers say they’re aware they will not be able to clean up all the disks, but they are going to do their best.

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