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Sep 25, 2015 4:24 PM

U.S. Air Force agrees to treat contaminated wells at Pease


PORTSMOUTH - The U.S. Air Force has agreed to treat all three wells at the Pease International Tradeport contaminated with perfluorochemicals, according to a news release from U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

Shaheen said she was informed of the decision Friday afternoon by Miranda Ballentine, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy. Ballentine's agency also committed to taking the necessary steps to clean the regional aquifer of PFC contaminants.

“The Portsmouth community must have confidence that every effort is being made to restore the water supply at Pease,” said Shaheen “Today’s announcement is a big step forward and shows a real commitment from the Air Force to rid the Pease wells of these dangerous contaminants. I want to thank Assistant Secretary Ballentine for her leadership and look forward to working with her to achieve this shared goal.”

The announcement follows an order from the Environmental Protection Agency requiring the Air Force to design, install and operate a groundwater treatment system for the Haven well closed last year because of high levels of chemicals. A similar order was given to treat two neighboring wells with lower levels of the PFCs.

The wells were believed to be contaminated by firefighting foam that had been used on the runway at Pease near the wells.


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