Read the full article by Mara Hoplamazian (New Hampshire Public Radio)

“A well at the Pease Tradeport in Portsmouth returned to service for the first time since 2014 after a first-in-the-state project to treat the water for toxic PFAS chemicals.

The Haven well, which supplies drinking water for the Tradeport and part of the town of Newington, was shut down after firefighting foam used on the former Pease Air Force Base contaminated the water.

PFAS are a group of man-made chemicals found in a variety of consumer products. The chemicals can have adverse health effects for exposed people, including elevated cholesterol levels, cancer, and effects on the immune, endocrine, and reproductive systems, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

There has been widespread exposure to PFAS chemicals for people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The project to treat the well for PFAS contamination was unprecedented in New Hampshire, said Brian Goetz, Portsmouth’s deputy director of public works. The incident was one of the highest-profile contamination incidents in the country, Goetz said.”…