New Hampshire Lawmakers Call on Air Force to Update Communities With Contaminated Water

NEW HAMPSHIRE - New Hampshire's Congressional delegation sent a letter to the U.S. Air Force, calling for an update on efforts to treat water supplies contaminated by perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan along with Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter signed onto the letter.

The letter also asks for specific responses to concerns raised by Members of the New Hampshire State Legislature over contamination at Pease International Tradeport, the former Pease Air Force Base.

"Seacoast families deserve answers," Senator Shaheen said.

"We need a forum in place that gets residents the information they need. We're talking about thousands of families, including children, who've been exposed to chemicals tied to different kinds of cancer and birth defects. Until we know how this happened, what the effects may be and how to prevent this from happening again, I'll continue to ask questions and work to ensure every family has access to clean drinking water," Shaheen continued.

"Families exposed to emerging contaminants in their water understandable have many concerns about potential health impacts and deserve transparency on this issue," Senator Hassan said.

"The Air Force is responsible for this contamination at Pease and I will continue pushing them - and other federal partners - to clean up this site, and to support and conduct the research necessary to answer the questions of our citizens, and citizens across the country," Hassan continued.

"Seacoast families deserve clear answers from the Air Force about the groundwater contamination around Pease Air National Guard Base that has been tied to different kinds of cancers and health conditions," Congresswoman Shea-Porter said.

"Residents deserve to know how this contamination occurred and how it will impact our communities' health, private wells, food supply, and the waters around Pease. The Air Force should address these concerns directly with Seacoast communities. I will continue my work on the House Armed Services Committee to ensure that the Air Force works closely with our communities to provide answers and remediate the contamination," Shea-Porter continued.

The letter to the U.S. Air Force can be read here.

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