Government Bodies & Organizations

The ATSDR is directed by congressional mandate to perform specific functions concerning the effect on public health of hazardous substances in the environment. These functions include public health assessments of waste sites, health consultations concerning specific hazardous substances, health surveillance and registries, response to emergency releases of hazardous substances, applied research in support of public health assessments, information development and dissemination, and education and training concerning hazardous substances.

* The above information was taken directly from the ATSDR website

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a federal public health agency, is evaluating the public health impact of drinking water contaminated with perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) at the Pease International Tradeport site and nearby wells. ATSDR is forming a Community Assistance Panel (CAP) for Pease as a way for the community to participate directly in ATSDR’s health activities. CAP members are voluntary, unpaid individuals from the Pease community. ATSDR sought nominations from community members interested in serving on the CAP who meet the eligibility requirements in February & March 2016. The CAP will include community members from among the nominations received by ATSDR, representatives from government agencies, and five people recommended by the City of Portsmouth. The CAP may choose several independent subject matter experts to provide technical assistance as well.


The Air Force Civil Engineer Center, headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, is a 1,900-person primary subordinate unit, assigned to Air Force Materiel Command and attached to the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, responsible for providing responsive, flexible full-spectrum installation engineering services. AFCEC missions include facility investment planning, design and construction, operations support, real property management, readiness, energy support, environmental compliance and restoration, and audit assertions, acquisition and program management. The unit conducts its operations at more than 75 locations worldwide.

          Air Force Response to Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs)

* The above information was taken directly from the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s website

The Air Force Civil Engineer Center is re-establishing the Restoration Advisory Board at the former Pease Air Force Base, New Hampshire. Its purpose is to foster an open dialogue about aquifer restoration activities within the Portsmouth and Newington communities. The RAB will be involved in discussions surrounding clean-up and ongoing treatment for the 3 wells that supply water to the former Pease Air Force Base. The RAB held their first meeting in March 2016 on Pease. 

The Community Advisory Board (CAB) was requested by the State of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) in response to public input that communication and community inclusion in discussions regarding the Haven Well contamination issue needed improvement. The Community Advisory Board (CAB) has completed its facilitation of the initial processes to address public health and environmental concerns related to the PFC contamination of water at Pease Tradeport.

The Board consisted of Chairman Rich DiPentima, appointed by Mayor Robert J. Lister, City Councilor Stefany Shaheen, Owner and Director of Discovery Enrichment Child Care Center Shelly Vetter, Portsmouth Deputy Fire Chief James Heinz, Newington Health Officer John Stowell, Portsmouth Health Officer Kim McNamara and Portsmouth Resident Andrea Amico. 

* The above information was taken directly from the Community Advisory Board’s website