Jun 2, 2015 8:14 PM

Ayotte, Shaheen secure blood tests for those exposed to Portsmouth chemicals


A letter from senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen has prompted the Center for Disease Control to fund up to 500 blood tests for people who were exposed to perfluorochemicals (PFCs) at the Haven Well in Portsmouth. PFCs are man-made chemicals which have been shown to be harmful in animal tests so far.
“We are glad that those who have been exposed to these contaminants will be able to undergo the testing they need while limiting undue financial burden on the State of New Hampshire and the City of Portsmouth,” said the Senators. “We will continue to push for the Air Force to identify and notify those who may have been exposed to these contaminants, as our amendment in the defense bill would require. We will also seek additional federal funding if testing needs expand.”
The Air Force discovered PFCs in the Haven Well in April, 2014. Ayotte and Shaheen also included a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act that requires the Air Force to contact people who have been exposed to the chemicals. Updates are expected in September. The contaminants are believed to have come from the firefighting foam that the Air Force uses at the Pease Air National Guard Base.


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