Feb 6, 2016 10:27 AM

2nd round of blood test results to be mailed out to those exposed to contaminated water at Pease


PORTSMOUTH – A second group of people exposed to contaminated water from a well at the Pease Tradeport will start getting their blood test results mailed out this week, according to state officials.

“As with the first round of testing, preparing and mailing individual reports will take up to two weeks, depending on the volume of test results received,” the Department of Health and Human Services said in their weekly update.

The city closed the Haven well a year and a half ago after the Air Force found levels of certain perfluorochemicals many times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency identifies as safe. The PFCs are believed to have come from firefighting foam that was used at the former Air Force base.

The first round of blood tests on adults and some children showed PFC levels substantially higher than the national average. Roughly 1,100 people had their blood tested or their children’s blood tested in the second round of testing that ran from mid-August to mid-October.

According to seacoastonline.com, state Epidemiologist Benjamin Chan says there is no conclusive link between exposure and adverse health effects but there is some concern that PFCs could contribute to immune system problems, hormone dysfunction or certain cancers.


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