Jul 16, 2015 1:44 PM

Plans to expand blood testing for those exposed to contaminated well water at Pease


PORTSMOUTH — More people who were exposed to contaminated water from the Haven well at the Pease International Tradeport may have the option of getting their blood tested.

According to Seacoastonline, the state Department of Health and Human Services wants to reopen testing for anyone who missed the deadline for the prior round of testing.

“We are working to identify additional resources to continue blood testing for PFCs for individuals who worked or attended child-care facilities on the Pease Tradeport,” officials reported in their weekly update.

The city closed the Haven well at Pease International Tradeport in May 2014 after the well was found with levels of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) 12.5 times higher than the EPA’s Provisional Health Advisory. This type of chemical, known as perfluorochemicals or PFCs, has been identified as “contaminants of emerging concern” but their actual impact on human health is not well understood.

Air Force and EPA officials believe the contamination came from firefighting foam that was used on the former Air Force Base.

Health and Human Services spokesman Jake Leon said the state wants to hear from people who missed the deadline but want to have their blood tested. Callers can reach the department through its public inquiry line at 271-9461.


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