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NH DHHS PFC Blood Testing Program Set to Begin for Residents Impacted by PFC Drinking Water Contamination
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Publish Date:
July 13, 2016

Concord, NH – On Thursday, July 14, residents whose drinking water supply has been contaminated with perfluorochemicals (PFCs) may begin the process to get their blood tested for PFCs, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced.

The NH Executive Council today approved contracts with Southern New Hampshire Medical Center and Portsmouth Regional Hospital, which will begin drawing blood for PFC testing on July 14. The drinking water on the Pease Tradeport and some private wells in Southern New Hampshire have been contaminated with PFCs above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lifetime Health Advisory level of 70 parts per trillion (ppt). Individuals eligible for the DHHS PFC blood testing program include those who worked on, lived on, or attended child care on the Pease Tradeport, and residents of Amherst, Bedford, Litchfield, Manchester, and Merrimack who live on streets served by private drinking water wells that have registered PFC levels above 70 ppt.

"We share residents' concerns about their exposure to PFCs and those impacted by these contaminations can now register to get their blood tested and find out their level of exposure," said DHHS Deputy Commissioner Marilee Nihan. "The Department thanks the Executive Council for approving these contracts. We also wish to thank our hospital laboratory partners for making these services available to residents affected by PFC contamination."

The DHHS PFC blood testing program will begin on July 14, when residents who meet the criteria above may begin the registration process. DHHS will proactively provide registration information to eligible residents who have called the DHHS Public Inquiry Line to register their interest or who live on streets served by private water drinking wells that have registered PFC levels above 70 ppt. Residents who have not previously expressed their interest in blood testing will need to register with DHHS. For information about PFC blood testing and to register, please visit http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/pfcs/index.htm. Questions about the PFC blood testing program can be directed to the DHHS Public Inquiry Line at 603-271-9461, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

DHHS will send instructions to eligible residents who have registered on how and where they can get their blood drawn. Once DHHS receives participant samples from the hospitals, it will send them in batches to an out-of-state lab for PFC blood testing. Participants should expect to get their results within three months.

 
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