Dec 1, 2015 12:02 PM

Portsmouth Community Advisory Board considers disbanding

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH — Members of Portsmouth's Community Advisory Board, formed to handle the contamination of city water at the former Pease Air Force Base, are expected to meet to discuss disbanding.

Chairman Rich DiPentima tells The Portsmouth Herald that CAB members will consider eliminating the board "in its current form" on Tuesday.

DiPentima says the CAB would be converted into a community action panel, as suggested by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

The Haven well at the Pease base was closed in May 2014 after the Air Force found levels of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid more than 12 times higher than the EPA's Provisional Health Advisory.

DiPentima says the CAB still has unfinished business with the state health department's release of about 1,100 blood tests taken from mid-August to mid-October.

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