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NH DHHS Resumes Testing for Individual Who Consumed Contaminated Water on Pease Tradeport
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Division of Public Health Services
Publish Date:
August 20, 2015

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is resuming the testing program for people who may have consumed drinking water on the Pease Tradeport that was contaminated with perfluorochemicals (PFCs). PFCs are man-made chemicals that are present in many household and industrial products. The resumed testing program will run from now through October 16th, by which time all participants should have their blood drawn.

In May 2014, PFCs were found at elevated levels in the Haven well at the Pease Tradeport, which is a former U.S. Air Force base. The well was shut down immediately by the City of Portsmouth. In response to concerns regarding the contamination, DHHS conducted a blood testing program to measure individuals’ PFC levels from April-June 2015, with more than 450 individuals tested. DHHS is resuming the testing program for the next two months in an effort to provide opportunities to individuals who were unable to participate in testing last spring.

Individuals interested in participating should call the DHHS Public Inquiry Line at 603-271-9461 Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm to sign up. Those who have previously called and put their name on the list to be tested do not need to call again as DHHS will send them the paperwork to begin the testing process.

The testing is being offered as a public service at the request of the affected community. The science around PFCs is emerging, but as of now, there is insufficient scientific information to know whether PFCs cause health problems in people. Most people have some level of these chemicals in their blood because PFCs are so pervasive in our environment.

DHHS is providing individuals with their test results as soon as those results are available. This will be the second and final testing round in order to allow DHHS to analyze the results and present the community with a final summary report of the entire PFC Testing Program. DHHS will hold a public meeting after all the results are back to present the aggregate data to the Pease Tradeport community.

For more information about the PFC testing program, please visit the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services website at http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/hwrb/fss/superfund/summaries/documents/pease.pdf Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol.

For more information about the Pease Superfund site and water monitoring, visit the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services at http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/hwrb/fss/superfund/summaries/documents/pease.pdf Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol.

To learn more about the water system at Pease, visit the City of Portsmouth website at http://www.cityofportsmouth.com/publicworks/phwn.html.

 

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