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CDC and ATSDR to hold community meeting to discuss health study of PFAS in drinking water in Portsmouth, New Hampshire


Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Monday, October 07, 2019

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will hold a community information session to discuss the upcoming Pease Study. The study will evaluate the human health effects of exposure to the human-made chemicals per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The meeting provides community members with the opportunity to ask questions and better understand the study, as well as find out if they are eligible to participate and sign up.

The residents in communities near the Pease International Tradeport will learn the extent of their exposure to PFAS, and participants will receive individual test results that can be shared with healthcare providers. The Pease Study is recruiting children aged 4 through 17 and adults aged 18 and older who were exposed to PFAS-contaminated drinking water at Pease International Tradeport between 2004 and May 2014 to provide blood and urine samples, as well as their medical histories. 

When:
October 24, 2019
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Where:
Holiday Inn Portsmouth
300 Woodbury Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Prior to the community information session, CDC and ATSDR will hold a media availability session, allowing members of the press to speak with agency staff about the Pease Study and PFAS activities.

Background:
The U.S. Air Force tested and identified per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the Pease International Tradeport drinking water wells in May 2014. Tests results showed the Haven Well had elevated levels of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), a type of PFAS. The City of Portsmouth closed the well in May 2014. The scientific evidence linking PFAS exposures with adverse health effects is increasing. The Pease Study results will increase scientific understanding of the relationship between PFAS exposure and health outcomes

For more information about The Pease Study, visit https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/pfas/Pease-Study.html. For information about PFAS, please visit Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) and Your Health or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or email www.cdc.gov/info.

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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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