Feb 16, 2016 4:42 PM

Portsmouth officials to discuss plan to create panel for contaminated well at Pease

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — The Portsmouth City Council is holding a workshop meeting to talk about a federal agency's plan to create a Community Advisory Panel meant to address concerns about a contaminated well.

The Portsmouth Herald reports the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry was meeting with the Council on Tuesday. The meeting comes after Mayor Jack Blalock asked the agency to allow five of Portsmouth's former Community Advisory Board members to serve on the panel.

Former Mayor Robert Lister formed the board after community members raised concerns about possible health effects from being exposed to contaminated city water.

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

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