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Sep 8, 2015 11:47 AM

Blood test results from those exposed to contaminated Portsmouth water to be released Wednesday

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — State officials are slated to present the results after they tested people who may have been exposed to water from a contaminated city-owned well in Portsmouth.

The Portsmouth Herald reports the state Department of Health and Human Services is set to present the findings at a meeting Wednesday evening at the Department of Environmental Services offices.

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.

A state epidemiologist reported at an earlier meeting that the average of the first adult blood tests for people exposed to the contaminants were all higher than the national average. He says exposure can affect the immune system, cause hormone dysfunction and cancer.


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