Updated March 31, 2015
NH Department of Health and Human Services Announces Protocol for Pease Blood Testing
On Tuesday, March 31st, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) hosted a public meeting to respond to any questions and inform the public on blood testing protocol. The Division of Public Health Services is offering testing to people who consumed water from the Pease Tradeport water system that was determined in May 2014 to have levels of PFCs (perfluorochemicals) above the provisional health advisory levels set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
If you have any questions regarding the blood testing process, please contact the DHHS Emergency Services Unit at (603) 271-9461, and visit http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/dphs/investigation-pease.htm for access to additional documents and information.
NH Department of Health and Human Services Presentation and PFC Fact Sheet
On Monday, March 16th, Rick Cricenti, Director of the Emergency Services Unit, NH Department of Health & Human Services, addressed City Council regarding the Haven Well contaminant detection and subsequent blood test funding. He provided the following fact sheet on Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs). To view his presentation,
scroll to 1 hour and 3 minutes here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yslGbM83Xik
Pease International Tradeport Water System Update
The City of Portsmouth's Water Division has been actively working with the United States Air Force (Air Force), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) in response to the detection of elevated levels of the unregulated contaminant perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) from the Haven Well, one of three wells that serves the Pease International Tradeport and the New Hampshire Air National Guard base at Pease. PFOS is one of a class of chemicals known as PFCs or perfluorochemicals. Because the level of PFOS exceeded the "provisional health advisory" set by the EPA, the well was shut down by the City of Portsmouth on May 12, 2014 and since that time it has been physically disconnected from the system. A number of actions have been taken by the project team. The following links provide detail regarding those actions to date:
Date: May 23, 2014
Public Informational Meeting to Discuss Drinking Water Issues at Pease Tradeport
Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Public Health Services, and the City of Portsmouth will host a
public informational meeting to discuss and answer questions about the discovery of an unregulated contaminant, perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, at a level that exceeded the "provisional health advisory", in the drinking water supply that serves the businesses and tenants at Pease Tradeport. Anyone with concerns or questions is invited to attend this informational session.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 6:00 PM
NH Department of Environmental Services Offices
222 International Drive, Suite 175
Date: May 22, 2014
Contact: Brian Goetz, (603) 766-1420
On Monday May 12, 2014, City of Portsmouth staff were notified by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) that water sampling results for the Haven Well showed that perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, an unregulated contaminant, exceeded the provisional health advisory levels recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Smith and Harrison wells also had levels of this unregulated contaminant in their water but they were well below the advisory levels. As a precautionary measure, the City took the Haven Well immediately off line as recommended by NHDES Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau. Therefore, all sources of supply currently serving the Pease Tradeport Water System are below the provisional standard
May 22, 2014 News Release and Information regarding Pease International Tradeport Water System
City of Portsmouth Information Regarding Pease International Tradeport Water System
Additional information related to this issue can be found by clicking here.
Union Leader Article - May 22, 2014
To summarize key points: