National PFAS Health Study
(*Scheduled to be VOTED on early September!)

Since the Haven well was shut down in 2014 due to highly elevated levels of PFASs detected in the drinking water, Testing for Pease has fought for answers related to any possible health effects related to these highly persistent and bioaccumulative substances.  There are several New Hampshire communities and other communities across the nation that are facing PFAS water contamination. Many of these communities surround active or closed military installations similar to Pease and PFAS water contamination has become a national, public health issue that needs ongoing attention.  

Testing for Pease is dedicated to advocating for more answers to our health related questions and concerns and clean, safe drinking water for our community and others across the US.  Legislative action is a critical component in safeguarding our water sources and protecting our health from pollutants. Our NH Congressional Delegation (Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter and Ann Kuster), have co-sponsored legislation in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (for Fiscal Year 2018) that would authorize the Department of Defense to fund a national health study for those impacted by PFAS chemicals at military installations. This study will help provide critical information for ALL people exposed to PFASs and bring future hopes of policy that will not only protect our drinking water, but will ultimately help protect us and our most vulnerable population – children.  

Our work over the last few years has led us to build positive relationships with our state and federal legislators to raise awareness about the environmental issues and challenges that our communities are facing. As passionate and committed citizens, together we have joined forces with other community leaders across the US to make an impact on bringing awareness to the health and environmental impacts that PFAS chemicals have on our drinking water.  We feel strongly that engaging our elected officials at the federal level is a critical way to protect and maintain healthy, quality water sources for our families.

With that common objective in mind, we NEED YOUR HELP! 

We hope that you will join our efforts by signing on to a letter of support for a national health study. With the use of a crowd-sourcing tool, we have made this process fairly easy for you! Based on your location, the tool auto-populates the email address of the federal officials who represent your area. The body of the email is pre-populated with a support letter we drafted. All you need to do is click here to begin, personalize your letter where indicated and hit submit--that's it!

   We need to let our federal legislators know how important this national study will be in helping to identify possible adverse health outcomes as a result of our exposure and by contributing to the ongoing and evolving science of human health effects as a result of PFAS exposures. The results of this study will be a critical next step in protecting our families by providing us with the data we need to make proactive choices about our health.


In case you would rather send your own letters, the links below will provide you with the letter templates and the appropriate contacts to ask our federal regulators to support this important legislation

  • Please use THIS LIST to contact the Senators in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Jersey, West Virginia, Colorado, California and Washington and their appropriate staff to let them know why they should vote in support of the following NDAA bills/amendments and request the appropriations for their funding (*These legislators are especially important because these states have many communities impacted by PFAS.)

NDAA - Senate (S.1519): The CDC/ATSDR will commence a study on the human health implications of per- and polyfluoroalkyl
substances (PFAS) contamination in drinking water, ground water, and any other sources of water and relevant exposure vectors,
including the cumulative human health implications of multiple types of PFAS contamination at levels above and below health advisory levels.

Letter Writing Template (Senator)

*Also sending your letters to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee is important so that funding is secured to implement the study:
A list of those members can be found HERE.


NDAA - House (H.R.2810): This bill will carry out a study on any health effects experienced by individuals who are exposed to perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid from firefighting foam used at military installations or former military installations, including exposure through a well that provides water for human consumption that the Secretary determines is contaminated with perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid from such firefighting foam.


Letter Writing Template (Representative)

 

Thank you for making your voice heard.....

TOGETHER WE HAVE & CAN CONTINUE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

 

 

Recent Legislation Surrounding Water Quality
Across the State & the Seacoast of NH

In 2016, led by NH State Representative Mindi Messmer and Representative Renny Cushing, Testing for Pease began collaborating  with residents in Greenland, North Hampton, Rye, Stratham, Portsmouth, New Castle and Merrimack to raise awareness about the environmental issues and challenges that our communities are facing. We quickly realized that we are all passionate, committed citizens and together we could join forces to make a large impact on bringing awareness to the health and environmental issues that impact our drinking water.  With that common objective in mind, we all formed the New Hampshire Safe Water Alliance (NHSWA).  

The New Hampshire Safe Water Alliance is dedicated to advocating for clean and safe drinking water on behalf of the residents of the beautiful State of NH.  Please visit our Facebook page and read about our mission

In the fall of 2016, Rep. Mindi messmer introduced four bills to the new hampshire state legislature during her first term as an elected official.  All four bills were met with strong support and three were signed by governor sununu:

 

HB 431, establishing a commission to study long term goals and requirements for drinking water in the seacoast area.

Passed the NH Resources, Recreation and Development Committee with a 19-0 vote
Passed the House of Representatives on the Consent Calendar
Passed the Senate with Amendment
Signed by Governor Sununu
View the final status of this bill on the NH General Court site


HB 484, establishing a commission on the seacoast cancer cluster investigation.

Passed the NH Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee with a 21-0 vote
Passed on the Consent Calendar
Passed the Senate with Amendment
Signed by Governor Sununu
View the final status of this bill on the NH General Court site


HB 511: establishing a commission to study environmentally-triggered chronic illness.
(formerly: establishing a commission to study creating a public health oversight program)

Passed the NH Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee with a 21-0 vote.
Passed on the Consent Calendar
Passed the Senate with Amendment
Signed by Governor Sununu
View the final status of this bill on the NH General Court site


HB 485 relative to standards for emerging contaminants in drinking water received an overwhelming amount of support in the House, 335–29. Despite the favorable votes by the House, Committee and the Subcommittee, this bill was pulled from the Consent Calendar due to last minute concerns from DES regarding the possible cost impacts to municipalities. This bill was being reviewed by the Finance Committee and was put to an Executive Session. The committee of the Executive Session was not able to come to an agreement on the terms of the bill, thus it was retained by the committee. 
See the final Docket of this bill on the NH General Court site.
 

 

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