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“PORTSMOUTH – The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry released its final health consultation report, ‘Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in the Pease International Tradeport Public Water System.’

The public comment version was released April 1, 2019.

The health investigation found workers at Pease and children attending two childcare centers there were exposed to PFAS in contaminated drinking water. Those exposures occurred from 1993 until the Haven well was shut down in May 2014. People exposed to drinking water from the Pease public water system (PWS) during this period might be at increased risk for some harmful non-cancer health effects such as developmental (growth and learning) and immunological diseases.

The study evaluated whether drinking water from the Pease PWS containing PFAS posed a health threat to people who drank it any time since 1993. The final report incorporates responses to comments received during the public comment period in 2019. ATSDR’s overall conclusions and recommendations from the original report (public comment version) remain the same.

The specific PFAS formulation in the aqueous film-forming firefighting foam used at the former Pease Air Force Base is not known. ATSDR used a conservative approach to evaluate concentrations of 23 PFAS in drinking water wells…”