EPA Region 1/New England will host the first regional PFAS workshop at Exeter High School on June 25 from 4:30pm to 10:00pm and June 26 from 8am to 3pm. This is event is open to the community and there will be opportunities for public comment on both days. Please plan to attend this very important meeting and let the EPA know your perspective and input for their PFAS Management Plan. EPA Meeting Info | Agenda
Save the date for the next Pease RAB (Restoration Advisory Board) Meeting on Pease. Open to the public with an opportunity for public comment at the end of the meeting | Agenda
Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Building
The federal health agency ATSDR is hosting an in person Pease CAP meeting on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the NH DES Office on Pease. ATSDR is working closely with the Pease community on plans to perform a health study at Pease in the future. ATSDR hosts about 3 in person meetings per year on Pease so it is important the community attend and participate in these very important meetings | Flyer
The US Air Force is hosting a Pease Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting on Pease. The RAB focuses on the environmental contamination and remediation efforts at Pease. The meeting is open the the community and there is a public comment section at the end of the meeting | Flyer
Also, the RAB is currently recruiting members. Please check out the application.
The federal health agency, ATSDR, is hosting an in person Pease CAP meeting on Pease, on Thursday, January 11, 2018, from 6-9pm at the NH DES office on Pease. These in person meetings only happen 3 times a year so it is critical for the community to attend and provide input into the process. | Flyer | Agenda | Video
The Air Force is hosting a RAB meeting on Pease on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, from 6:30-9:30pm at Great Bay Community College (room 122). The RAB focuses on the environmental issues surrounding Pease. Public comments are welcome | Flyer | Agenda
The Stone Church in Newmarket is hosting a Mindful Monday series on water contamination in the seacoast part of NH. There will be a panel of community members, water experts, legislators, and more discussing the water issues in our area. Members from Testing for Pease will be speaking and be part of a panel discussion. Flyer | Agenda
The Air Force is hosting a Pease restoration advisory board meeting (RAB) on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at 6:30 pm at the NH DES office on Pease. The focus of the RAB is to discuss the environmental issues and remediation efforts at Pease by the Air Force. Unfortunately this RAB meeting conflicts with a popular PFAS conference in Boston on the same day. A request was made to the Air Force to change the date of the RAB due to the conflict, but the Air Force declined to change the date stating it was "very difficult for a few reasons".
***MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO CONFLICT WITH PFAS CONFERENCE IN BOSTON***
This two-day conference in Boston will address the social, scientific, political, economic, and environmental health issues raised by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). It will examine both ubiquitous exposure in consumer products and discrete historic and recent contamination discoveries in drinking water and soil around the world.
This conference will bring together scientists, government agency professionals, community-based organization leaders, national and regional environmental advocates, retail and industry representatives, journalists, and lawyers. In addition to plenary speakers and panels, there will be time for smaller discussions (e.g., community activism, waste management, journalism).
ATSDR is the federal health agency affiliated with the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia. They have been working with the Pease community to come up with a plan to study the impacted community since last year. This meeting is very important as ATSDR will present in detail their plans for health studies and want community input and participation into the process. Please attend and weigh in. Public comment session will be early in the night | Flyer | Agenda
***MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED****
ATSDR is a federal health agency working with the Pease community to answer our health related questions and concerns now that we have been exposed to high levels of PFCs and have elevated PFCs in our blood. This meeting is very important as ATSDR will present their ideas on possible adult and children health studies for our community. It's very important the community attend to give feedback to their study ideas so we make sure it answers our questions and addresses our concerns.
Attend the Restoration Advisory Board Meeting at the former Pease AFB on March 22, 2017 (Wednesday) at 6:30 p.m. Meeting location is Department of Environmental Services (DES), 222 International Drive, Suite 175, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Flyer | Agenda
The Restoration Advisory Board meeting provides attendees with an update on the restoration at the former Pease Air Force Base and gives you a chance to talk with the Air Force and environmental regulators about the last remaining restoration projects.
Air Force Civil Engineer Center
Community Relations Office
(916) 643-6420 x109
February 12th at 9:00am
Sunday Morning Civics: Seacoast Water Quality
RiverRun continues its Sunday morning series, bringing citizens together to learn about important issues on the state and local level.
All are invited this Sunday to hear from some local experts about what has been happening regarding water contamination on the Seacoast over the last few years, where we are now, and what happens next. As always, there will be a focus on how citizens can take action.
Our guests will be:
NH State Representative Mindi Messmer, who has been a leader on this issue
Jillian Lane of the Greenland Safe Water Action
Portsmouth City Councilor and Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine
And members of the Testing for Pease organization.
In case you missed it, it was just announced that PFCs were found in Berry Brook in Greenland and Rye. It’s clear that this problem is not going away. How, as a society, should we be addressing this problem. What can residents do in the face of such a huge issue?
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is free and open to the public.
There will be coffee.
State Rep Mindi Messmer has proposed two bills that will be heard in front of the NH Resources, Recreation and Development Committee on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, starting at 2:30pm.
o HB 431 – This bill establishes a commission to study long term goals and requirements for drinking water in the seacoast area. Some main areas of focus are: preparing for mutual aid agreements for emergency or replacement drinking water supply where contaminated, creating a centralized planning group to encourage coordination and support between towns, evaluating threats to groundwater quality due to environmental issues, monitoring possible new emerging contaminant threats to groundwater and drinking water quality.
o HB 485 - This bill requires the Department of Environmental Services to use exposure scenarios in children and other vulnerable populations to determine criteria for emerging contaminants in drinking water, re-evaluating on an annual basis.
Please email your letters of support and attend the committee hearing to testify in support of the bills. View the hearing notice, learn more about the proposed legislation, and learn how you can help.
Portsmouth City Councilor Nancy Pearson invited Testing for Pease to the Portsmouth city council meeting on Monday, December 5, 2016, to present a brief update of the community accomplishments in 2016 and the plan for future action items | slideshow | video
ATSDR is hosting their second Pease CAP meeting in Portsmouth, NH. The purpose of the CAP is to address the health questions and concerns of the Pease community. These meetings are only 3 times per year in Portsmouth. It is critical to have excellent community attendance and participation, so please mark your calendars! Flyer | Agenda
NH DES is hosting a public comment session on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at 6:00 pm, at the NH DES office on Pease (222 International Drive, Portsmouth, NH). This is part of the rule making process for NH to adopt the new standards for PFOS and PFOA issued by the EPA earlier this year of 70 ppt. Written comments can also be submitted in writing to NH DES by emailing John Regan (John.Regan@des.nh.gov), HWRB Administrator by Friday, August 19, 2016 (4:00 PM).
The US Air Force Pease RAB (Restoration Advisory Board) is hosting a bus tour of Pease that is open to the public. The Pease bus tour will take place on Thursday, July 14, 2016, at 10:00 am. The meeting place to board the bus is at the Pease Airport Terminal Parking Lot - 32 Exeter Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801. The Air Force asks that people planning to attend the bus tour RSVP by July 12, 2016 by emailing email@example.com
Download the Event Flyer (PDF)
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced it will hold a public meeting where an analysis of blood test results for over 1,500 community members will be presented by DHHS officials related to the perfluorochemicals (PFCs) exposure at the Pease International Tradeport. The meeting will be held at 6:00 pm on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at Community Campus, 1 Campus Drive, Portsmouth, NH. View the press release here.
Testing for Pease is hosting our first community meeting on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, on Pease. We have invited three scientific experts to educate the community on how to interpret their PFC blood test results, health effects & PFCs, and how to speak with your doctor about your PFC blood test results. View the presentation slides. View the handout. View video.
The ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry) is hosting their first Pease CAP (Community Assistance Panel) meeting on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, at the Portsmouth City Hall Council Chambers. CAP members will work with ATSDR to gather and review community health concerns, provide information on how people might have been exposed to hazardous substances, and inform ATSDR how to involve the community. The CAP meeting is open to the public. Visit the ATSDR Pease website to learn more.
The Air Force is hosting its first public RAB meeting open to the community on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at 6:30 pm at the NH DES office on Pease. The RAB meetings focus on the treatment of the wells and the environmental restoration. The RAB meetings do not address health effects/concerns.
Seacoast NH Pediatric Cancer Cluster Community is hosting an open forum discussion/brain storm on what the next steps will be for the community related to the pediatric cancer cluster identified in the Seacoast towns of New Hampshire. The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 7th, 2016, at 6:00 pm, at the Rye Congregational Church located at 580 Washington Road, Rye, NH. Anyone who lives in the Seacoast community, is concerned, and is ready to move forward is encouraged to attend.
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is holding a March 15 public meeting in Rye, New Hampshire, to discuss the recent report on an investigation into Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) cases in the Rye area. Five Seacoast towns were investigated – Rye, Greenland, New Castle, Portsmouth and North Hampton – and town officials, residents and others are encouraged to attend the meeting and have questions about the report answered.
The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 15th at 6:30 pm at the Rye Elementary School, 461 Sagamore Road, Rye, NH.
Local Environmental Action 2016 is an opportunity to join community leaders, environmental advocates and activists from across New England for a day of skills training, networking, and inspiration.
Testing for Pease founders presented a workshop on PFOA and other Perfluorinated Compounds: Community Organizing Around an Emerging Contaminant. We titled our presentation "The PFC Contamination at Pease: A Community Perspective".
Representatives from ATSDR will be presenting more information about the Community Assistance Panel (CAP) and their recruitment process to the Portsmouth City Council on Tuesday, February 16, at 6:30PM at Portsmouth City Hall. The event will be videotaped and televised on Portsmouth Government Channel 22.
The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will begin sending out blood results for people exposed to the contaminated well water at the Pease Tradeport. State officials received 460 test results back from labs at the CDC and AXYS Analytical Services. Almost 1,100 people had their blood or their children’s blood tested in the second round of testing that ran from mid-August to mid-October of 2015.
If you have not received your results yet, please do not panic. DHHS officials said they plan to mail all blood test results from the CDC in February, but the AXYS results will not be mailed out to participants until the end of March. The remaining batch of test results (process at a California lab) will not be mailed out until April, according to the DHHS update.
This update contains information from the Seacoastonline. Read the full article here.
Andrea will be appearing on WSCA's "Seacoast Currents" show, Thursday, January 28th, along with the assistant mayor of Portsmouth, Jim Splaine, to discuss the Pease water issues. The show runs from 8 AM to 10 AM on 106.1 FM. A special thank you to hosts Larry Drake and Kathy Pohlman Somssich for having us on.
Please tune in to learn more and to call in with your questions.