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Jun 17, 2015 12:12 PM

Blood samples of those exposed to contaminated Portsmouth well to be released

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is set to release a report of the first 100 blood samples taken from people exposed to water from a contaminated city-owned well in Portsmouth.

Officials closed the Haven well at the Pease International Tradeport in May 2014 after testing found chemicals at levels 10 times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency's Provisional Health Advisory.

Officials suspect the chemicals got in the well because of firefighting foam used on the former Pease Air Force base runway.

The department plans to discuss the initial testing results at a public meeting Wednesday.

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