The New Hampshire Air National Guard is holding a groundbreaking ceremony for a hangar to accommodate new aerial refueling tankers.

The event marking the new KC-46A hangar at Pease Air National Guard Base in Newington is taking place Friday.

The new tankers will replace the Air Force's current fleet of 1950s-era KC-135s.

Pease, home to the New Hampshire Air National Guard's 157th Air Refueling Wing, is scheduled to be the first Air National Guard unit to receive the next-generation tankers in fiscal year 2018.

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Representatives of the US Air Force Wednesday tried to sooth anxious residents who were exposed to contaminated water on the former Pease Air Force Base.

Fifty residents and a 10-member community advisory made clear their demands for ongoing health monitoring. They asked the Air Force to repay the city of Portsmouth for extra water costs and to treat nearby wells more aggressively than planned.

For the most part, the four representatives of the Air Force  said: we hear you, but we can’t commit.

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Many Portsmouth residents are worried over the results of blood tests for people who may have been exposed to water from a contaminated city-owned well.

Officials closed the Haven well at the Pease International Tradeport in May 2014 after testing found chemicals at levels 10 times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency's Provisional Health Advisory.

Hundreds of people have been tested to see if the chemical is in their blood, and those who found out they have elevated levels are concerned over the long-term impact — particularly on children.


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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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.