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NH officials installing system to remove PFCs from Pease wells

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH — Officials in a New Hampshire city are installing a new carbon filtration system aimed at removing dangerous chemicals from wells at the Pease Tradeport.

Portsmouth Deputy Public Works Director Brian Goetz tells The Portsmouth Herald the giant filters were delivered Wednesday to the city's treatment plant to try to remove PFCs, or perfluorochemicals, from the two city-owned wells still operating at the former Pease Air Force Base.

The city of Portsmouth closed the Pease base's Haven well in May 2014 after high levels of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid were found in its water supply.

The city's consultants on the project say the filters are part of a six-month demonstration project that followed a pilot program. They say the city will be using two 20-foot-tall, 20,000-pound carbon filters for the project.

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