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Sep 8, 2016 11:30 AM

Children's study could stem from contaminated well at Pease in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — A federal agency distributed a draft at Tuesday's city council meeting for a possible Pease children's study for those who underwent blood testing after exposure to chemicals in a city-owned well.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry shared the draft of the children’s health study with its Community Assistance Panel (CAP) during a meeting at Pease International Tradeport, a city resident told Seacoastonline.

The draft calls for blood tests and other evaluations on the children, including an IQ test.

Under the draft proposal, the blood test would look at total cholesterol, thyroid function and uric acid levels. They would also test to see if the exposure to the PFCs - which investigators believe came from firefighting foam used at the former Pease Air Force Base - has led to delays in the onset of puberty, according to the draft.

The city closed the Haven well at the trade-port in May of 2014 after officials found levels of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid 12.5 times higher than the EPA's provisional health advisory.

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