State to offer blood testing for residents affected by PFC water contamination
CONCORD - The N.H. Department of Health and Human Services says it will offer blood tests to residents whose wells have been contaminated by perfluorochemicals, or PFCs.
Elevated levels of the chemicals have been found in the drinking water on the Pease Tradeport and in private wells in several communities in the southern part of the state.
Testing will be offered starting in mid-July for individuals who worked on, lived on or attended child care at the Pease Tradeport as well as for residents of Amherst, Bedford, Litchfield, Manchester and Merrimack who live on streets served by private wells that have found with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) levels above 70 parts per trillion.
“We are following the data and offering blood testing to communities that have been exposed to PFC contamination,” said Commissioner Jeffrey A. Meyers. “While we do not yet know the exact health impacts of PFC exposure in humans, blood testing will help individual residents understand their exposure levels and will provide the state with meaningful data on PFC exposure in the affected populations.”
Residents who meet the criteria are encouraged to call the DHHS Public Inquiry Line, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 603-271-9461 to register their interest in having their blood tested.
DHHS has published updated FAQs for residents with questions about PFCs, potential exposure and blood testing. The FAQs are available at http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/pfcs/documents/pfc-faqs-gen.pdf.