NH DHHS - Second Public Meeting on Contaminant in Pease Water System to Be Held

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS), the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES), and

the City of Portsmouth will be holding a second meeting for the public to

discuss and answer questions about continued water testing and the State’s

plan to do human testing for the perfluorochemicals (PFCs) perfluorooctane

sulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). The unregulated

contaminant PFOS was detected in the water system at the Pease Tradeport in

May 2014 at a level that exceeded the “provisional health advisory” set by

the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The affected well was

immediately shut down by the City of Portsmouth and has remained offline


DHHS is rolling out a testing program for people who wish to have their

blood tested and who consumed the contaminated water. The test will give

people the levels of PFOS and PFOA in their blood.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, March 31st at 6:00 pm at the NH

Department of Environmental Services Regional Office, 222 International

Drive, Suite 175, Portsmouth, NH, 03801.

“We are responding to a request for human testing made by the public at the

previous public meeting” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health

at DHHS. “Unfortunately, no one knows what a typical level is for PFOS or

PFOA or if there is a blood level at which there is a health concern. Most

people in the United States have some level of these chemicals in their

blood because PFCs are so pervasive in our environment. We hope this

testing will offer reassurance to people who are understandably concerned

about this situation. Anyone with questions about this program or other

issues related to the contaminant found in the water system is invited to

attend this informational session.”

For more information about the Pease Superfund site and water monitoring

visit the NH DES website at


. To learn more about the water system at the Pease Tradeport, visit the

City of Portsmouth website at

http://www.cityofportsmouth.com/publicworks/phwn.html. To read more about

the investigation and the blood testing program, visit the New Hampshire

Department of Health and Human Services at

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/investigation-pease.htm. To find out about the

Pease testing program, please call the DHHS Emergency Services Unit at