Defense bill includes funding for federal health study for Pease

Toxic water testing

PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire (NEWS CENTER) -- ‘We want the federal study to include monitoring and guidelines for doctors who treat patients exposed to toxic chemicals.’

Good news for people who were exposed to toxic chemicals in the drinking water at the former Pease Air Force Base.

A ten million dollar federal health study is expected to begin next year. The first-ever nationwide study will focus on the health effects of people who were exposed to the chemicals known as P-F-C's.

High levels of  P-F-C's were discovered in the base's drinking water supply in 2014. More than 10-thousand people including children at the base's two-day care centers drank the contaminated water. The CDC says chemicals have been tentatively linked to an increased risk of cancer, developmental delays, and a compromised immune system. Funding for ten million studies was included in the Defense Authorization Act which is expected to be signed by President Trump. Moms whose children were exposed want the study to include guidelines doctors who treat patients who have been exposed to PFC's.

‘We can’t take back the exposure we have the levels that are in our bodies but we can be proactive looking for certain chemicals to make sure we catch them early,’ said Andrea Amico from Testing For Pease.

 The study is expected to begin sometime in 2018. Earlier this week, the mayor of Portsmouth asked the EPA to conduct expanded testing of chemicals in Pease’s current water supply.

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