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NH DHHS and NHDES to Hold July 19th Public Meeting to Discuss PFC Blood Testing and Long-Term Water Solutions
Residents in Southern NH and Pease Tradeport Communities Impacted by PFC Exposure and Eligible for Blood Testing Invited to Meeting in Litchfield
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DHHS Public Inquiry Line
(603) 271-9461

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Division of Public Health Services
Publish Date:
July 11, 2016

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) will host a public meeting on Tuesday, July 19 in Litchfield, NH. At the meeting, DHHS will present on the process to test people’s blood for exposure to perfluorochemicals (PFCs). NHDES will provide an overview of the investigation into PFC contamination in Southern NH and various long-term water solutions.

In May 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Lifetime Health Advisory that recommend that people cease consuming water that contains levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), or PFOA and PFOS combined above 70 parts per trillion (ppt). NHDES has found elevated levels of PFCs in the drinking water on the Pease Tradeport and in private wells in Southern New Hampshire.

DHHS previously announced that blood testing will begin in mid-July for residents of Amherst, Bedford, Litchfield, Manchester, and Merrimack who reside on streets that are served by private water drinking wells that have registered PFOA and/or PFOS levels above 70 ppt. DHHS also announced that it will offer blood testing to individuals who worked on, lived on, or attended child care on the Pease Tradeport, where a well was found to have elevated levels of PFCs in May 2014. Residents from the impacted communities are encouraged to attend.

The public meeting will begin at 7:00 pm on July 19 in the Campbell High School Auditorium, 1 Highlander Court, Litchfield, NH, 03052. Following brief presentations, DHHS and NHDES will answer audience questions.

The DHHS PFC blood testing program will commence in mid-July 2016. Eligible residents are encouraged to call the DHHS Public Inquiry Line, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, at 603-271-9461 to register their interest in having their blood tested for PFCs. Specific information about the process to receive blood testing will be made available to residents soon.

 
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