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The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered treatment of Portsmouth-owned wells at the Pease International Tradeport that have been tainted by "contaminants of emerging concern."

The Portsmouth Herald reports the order issued Wednesday requires the U.S. 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.

 

New Hampshire officials have shipped blood samples they've received from people who were exposed to contaminated city water to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The state Department of Health and Human Service's communications director Jake Leon told the Portsmouth Herald Tuesday that the blood tests were shipped to the CDC in batches over the past three weeks, with the exception of those submitted by some residents without consent forms.

Leon says officials are expecting to get the results back in a couple of weeks.

State health officials have analyzed the first 100 out of about 500 blood samples taken from people exposed to a contaminant found in one of the wells on Pease International Tradeport.

The first 100 blood tests show concentrations of Perfluorochemicals PFOS and PFOA that are higher than the average American’s, but lower than other exposed groups like those drinking water downstream from a West Virginia DuPont factory.

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Twenty Manchester residents are suing one of New Hampshire’s largest landlords for lead contamination in their apartments.

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The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has set deadlines for when people exposed to water from a contaminated city-owned well in Portsmouth can ask to be tested and when they must complete their blood tests.

The Portsmouth Herald reports the department stated that residents must request to be tested by May 29 and must have their blood drawn by June 12.

 

Environmental officials say the closing of a contaminated well near the main runway of the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease may lead to other wells being contaminated with high levels of a harmful chemical.

Portsmouth officials shut down the Haven well last year, after testing showed it has higher than safe levels of perfluorochemicals, known as PFOs.

Scott Hilton, project manager for the DES's Pease Superfund site, tells the Portsmouth Press Herald that contaminants now may flow into two wells south of the Haven well at the Pease International Tradeport.

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New Hampshire Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen say the annual defense bill has provisions that authorize funding for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the Pease Air National Guard Base.

The senators, both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, say the bill authorizes the procurement of two Virginia Class submarines and funding at the shipyard, based in Kittery, Maine.

Funding also is included for the KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tanker program at Pease. The new tankers will replace the Air Force's current fleet of 1950s-era KC-135s.

U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswoman Annie Kuster hosted Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James at Pease Air National Guard Base in Portsmouth this morning.