Read the full article by Jeff McMenemy (Portsmouth Herald)
“U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen secured an additional $15 million to continue funding the first-ever national PFAS health study as part of the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
The study, which includes a pilot study for members of the Pease community who were exposed to dangerous PFAS in contaminated water, was created through legislation passed by Shaheen.
Shaheen’s efforts have previously led to the authorization of $45 million for the study.
Shaheen, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, also secured a comprehensive amendment to the NDAA with U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) to investigate, combat and remediate exposure to PFAS at current and former U.S. military installations across the country, including at the Pease Air National Guard Base in New Hampshire, her staff said Thursday.
The amendment aims to:
· Codify the PFAS Task Force established by then-Secretary of Defense Mark Esper following his commitment to Shaheen to prioritize combating PFAS.
· Establish a deadline for the Department of Defense (DOD) to test for PFAS at all DOD installations.
· Direct DOD to develop a remediation schedule to address PFAS contamination at military facilities.
· Require DOD to produce a status report on PFAS remediation efforts at military facilities with some of the highest detections across the country, including Pease.”…