State Gauging Interest in Another Round of Pease Blood Tests

Jul 16, 2015

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The state Department of Health and Human Services says it's still determining if it can proceed with another round of blood tests for people exposed to contaminants at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth. 

To gauge interest, DHHS spokesman Jake Leon says the department is accepting phone calls from interested parties who missed the first round of testing. He says untested individuals who attended school or worked on the former Air Force Base before the well was shut down should contact the department’s public inquiry line.

The city shut down the Haven well in May of 2014 after heightened levels of PFCs, were found in the water. PFCs are a contaminant of emerging concern according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has recently given the Air Force 14 months to clean up the Pease aquifer.