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NH DHHS Issues Final Report on Pease Tradeport PFC Blood Testing Program
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Publish Date:
June 16, 2016

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has released the final report Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol analyzing the complete results from the Pease Tradeport perfluorochemicals (PFCs) blood testing program. During two separate two-month periods in 2015, DHHS tested the PFC blood levels of 1,578 individuals who worked on, lived on, or attended childcare on the Pease Tradeport, formerly an Air Force Base, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

In conjunction with the release of the final Pease PFC blood testing report Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol, DHHS is hosting a public meeting to present the results of the testing program. The public meeting will be held at 6:00 pm on Thursday, June 16, at Community Campus, 1 Campus Drive, Portsmouth, NH. The last of the results were mailed back to participants in April 2016.

"The PFC contamination in the drinking water on the Pease Tradeport, and now elsewhere in New Hampshire, has created concern and uncertainty among those who may have consumed the contaminated water," said Dr. Benjamin Chan, NH State Epidemiologist. "We understand the Pease Tradeport community's desire to find out their level of exposure to PFCs, and we have been working hard at the Department to complete this testing program so those affected can understand how the results of the entire testing program compare to their individual results."

The unregulated contaminant perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) was detected in one of the wells of the water system at the Pease Tradeport in May 2014 at a level that exceeded the "provisional health advisory" set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The affected well was immediately shut down by the City of Portsmouth and has remained offline since. On May 19, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published drinking water Health Advisories for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), which recommended that if a person's drinking water contains levels of PFOA or PFOS or PFOA and PFOS combined above 70 parts per trillion (ppt) that they do not consume the water or use it in preparing food.

In mid-July, DHHS expects to resume PFC blood testing for people who consumed contaminated water on the Pease Tradeport and did not participate in the previous blood testing phases, as well as those who have been exposed in other communities in the State. Individuals who want to learn more about their blood testing options may register their interest by calling the DHHS Public Inquiry Line, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, at 603-271-9461 or emailing peasetesting@dhhs.nh.gov.

For more information about the Pease Tradeport PFC blood testing program, visit the DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/investigation-pease.htm. For more information about the Pease Superfund site, visit the NH Department of Environmental Services website at http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/hwrb/fss/superfund/summaries/documents/pease.pdf. To learn more about the water system at the Pease Tradeport, visit the City of Portsmouth website at www.cityofportsmouth.com/publicworks/phwn.html.

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