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Sep 9, 2015 9:44 PM

Portsmouth parents want more answers over contaminated water at Pease Tradeport


PORTSMOUTH - Fear of the unknown is weighing heavy on the minds of Portsmouth parents who want to know how their children's exposure to contaminated well water might affect their health.

This contamination affects thousands who spend time at the Pease Tradeport. There are a lot of concerns as 108 children have already been tested. Wednesday, state health officials confirmed some chemical levels in their blood are above the national average.

More than 150 concerned parents packed into the meeting. The city of Portsmouth closed the well in spring of last year when the Air Force found levels of perfluorochemicals or PFCs more than 10 times higher than what's allowed by the EPA.

Children who attend two day-care centers and more than 9,000 people who work at Pease businesses were exposed to the contaminated water.

Some parents say the data presented at the meeting was helpful, but they want to know how this could affect their children's health.

“There are chemicals in the tests that my child is exposed to that are 3, 4, 5 times what the comparison median is,” said Brian Frankenfield, a parent who also works at Pease.

“What are these outcomes in terms of the health of our children, and now thinking about whether or not we would test our children,” said Hayley Parsons, a mother of two children who attend daycare at Pease.

State health officials say this is very early in their process and it is unclear if or how these elevated PFC levels could affect anyone's health.

They have opened up another round of testing that goes until October 16th.


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