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ATSDR Seeks Volunteers to Join the Community Assistance Panel for Pease International Tradeport (Pease)

Rockingham County, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a federal public health agency, is seeking volunteers to serve as members of the Community Assistance Panel (CAP) for Pease.  ATSDR is evaluating the public health impact of drinking water contaminated with perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) at the Pease site and nearby wells. The CAP is a way for the community to participate directly in ATSDR’s health activities related to exposures to the drinking water at the Pease International Tradeport site. 

ATSDR is recruiting 6-8 voluntary, unpaid individuals from the Pease community to be members of the Pease CAP. The CAP may choose one or two independent subject matter experts to provide technical assistance to the CAP. The CAP may also include representatives from government agencies to serve as ex-officio members.

CAP members will work with ATSDR to gather and review community health concerns, provide information on how people might have been exposed to hazardous substances, and inform ATSDR how to involve the community.

CAP members will meet approximately three times per year in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

ATSDR will choose CAP members who:

  • Are at least 18 years of age;
  • Reflect area residents various viewpoints;
  • Have understanding or knowledge of the site, the contaminants of concern, and/or the community’s health concerns;
  • Have been exposed or those who are family members of someone who was exposed to the contaminated drinking water at Pease.

Community members interested in serving, should send their name, affiliation with Pease, a brief statement on why you should be selected, address, telephone number, and e-mail address to Sheila Stevens at, no later than March 2, 2016.

For more information about Pease, please visit or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636).


ATSDR, a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, evaluates the potential for adverse human health effects of exposure to hazardous substances in the environment.

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NH Department of Health & Human Services Releases Draft Public Health Assessment for the Former Pease Air Force Base
Release Date: Friday, July 30, 1999
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