Areas of Investigation in New Hampshire
In collaboration with NH Department of Environmental Services, NH DHHS is offering blood testing for individuals affected by the discovery of PFCs and drinking water in several locations in the State.
In May 2014, a well on the Pease Tradeport was found to have levels of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Additional PFCs were also detected on the Pease Tradeport, including perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS). The City of Portsmouth immediately shut down the well once the exposure was discovered. DHHS has been working in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Services (DES), the Air Force, the City of Portsmouth, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Portsmouth Hospital, and the Seacoast community on the response. In response to the Tradeport community’s concern about the exposure to PFCs in humans, DHHS conducted a two-phase blood testing program in 2015 for affected residents, which included almost 1,600 tests for FPCs. Since the summer of 2016, DHHS has re-opened PFC blood testing for those exposed on the Pease Tradeport.
Southern New Hampshire
In March 2016, PFOA was discovered in private drinking water wells near the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility in Merrimack. DHHS has been collaborating with NH DES since then in their response to drinking water contamination in the surrounding towns. Residents whose private wells exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) limit of 70 parts per trillion (ppt) for PFOA, PFOS, or both combined, have been provided with alternative drinking water options.
Other Parts of the State
The NH Department of Environmental Services continues their investigation into contamination sites across the State identifying possible exposure to this family of chemicals.