PORTSMOUTH – U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. has included an amendment in the Defense Authorization Act which creates the first-ever national study on the health effects of people exposed to PFCs in their drinking water.

The Shaheen amendment directs the Department of Defense to pay for a nationwide study, which would be conducted by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

The study will have a huge impact on the children and adults who were exposed to drinking water contaminated by PFASs at the former Pease Air Force Base.

The study will not be a Pease-only study, but will be a nationwide assessment of the effects PFCs are having on citizens near military bases. The health study will focus on the health effects of both PFOS and PFOA.

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