Apr 9, 2016 4:38 PM

City, Pease reach agreement on cleaning contaminated wells


PORTSMOUTH - Carbon filters will be installed at city-owned wells at the former Pease Air Force Base, the city and Pease Development Authority have agreed.

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement that will allow the city to move forward with the installation of carbon filters for the Harrison and Smith Wells, and the eventual design of treatment for the Haven well, a source of water supply that has been off-line for nearly two years,” City Manager John Bohenko told Seacoastonline.

According to the agreement, the Air Force will reimburse the city up to $58,700 for the carbon filter pilot system and $831,000 for installation.

Another agreement for the design and construction of the Haven well treatment system are expected later this year.

The city closed the Haven well at Pease International Tradeport in 2014, after perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) was found in levels 12.5 times higher than the EPA's Provisional Health Advisory. Perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, and PFCs were also found in the well, but never above health advisory levels.

PFCs may cause prostate, kidney and testicular cancer, developmental delays, decreased fertility, increased cholesterol and changes to the immune system.

The contamination has led to an offer of blood testing for more than 9,000 people who work at Pease and children who attend the day care facilities there.

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