Sept 2019

  • September 13, 2019 - Andrea Amico selected as a TEDx speaker at the Portsmouth Music Hall | Event Info

Aug 2019

  • August 2, 2019 - Andrea Amico appears on WSCA Public Radio: Hosted by The Environmental Hour WSCA 106.1 FM

Jul 2019

  • July 2, 2019 - Pappas And Kuster Introduce Legislation To Decrease PFAS Contamination And Hold Polluters Accountable | Article

  • July 8, 2019 - Great Bay Shellfish Test Results Raise Concerns About PFAS | Article

  • July 11, 2019 - Shaheen & Hassan Urge EPA on PFAS Pollution | Article

  • July 12, 2019 - Some bottled water tested for elevated levels of PFAS | Article | Article | Article

  • July 13, 2019 - US Senator Elizabeth Warren Op Ed: “No more excuses – Granite Staters deserve real action to combat PFAS” | Article

  • July 18, 2019 - NH DES 4 MCLs are accepted by the JLCAR | Article | TV coverage | NHPR

  • July 19, 2019 - Portsmouth Water System PFAS Update after NH DES MCLs accepted | Update

  • July 23, 2019 - Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy, John Henderson, visits Pease for Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Pease AIMS plant | Article | Article | TV coverage

  • July 24, 2019 - New Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, announces DoD PFAS Task Force | Article | Article | DoD Memo

  • July 24, 2019 - Committee on Oversight & Reform Congressional hearing: “The Devil They Knew – PFAS Contamination and the Need for Corporate Accountability” | Video

  • July 24, 2019 - NH DES issues press release quoting NH DES Commissioner saying PFAS should be regulated as a class | Press Release

  • July 26, 2019 - News Center Maine Coverage: Pease moms still in the dark about kids' exposure to PFAS

  • July 30, 2019 - 22 Attorney Generals nationwide sign a letter “Urging Congress To Act On Toxic ‘Forever' Chemicals" | Letter

Jun 2019

  • June 1, 2019 - Andrea Amico speaks on a panel re: PFAS at the Piscataqua Riverfest put on by the Gundalow Company

  • June 2, 2019 - ATSDR Pease CAP Meeting on Pease at the NH DES office from 6:30-9:30 pm | Flyer | Agenda | Video (part 1) | Video (part 2) | Article

  • June 10, 11, 12, 2019 - 2nd National PFAS Conference at Northeastern University | Conference

  • June 18, 2019 - Intercept: Teflon Toxin Safety Level Should Be 700 Times Lower Than Current EPA Guideline | Article

  • June 26, 2019 - Air Force Pease RAB meeting on Pease at the NH DES office from 6:00-8:30 pm | Agenda | Slides | Video

  • June 28, 2019 - NH DES releases much lower proposed MCLs for 4 PFAS | Article

May 2019

  • May 1, 2019 - Shaheen, Portman reintroduce bill on PFAS health effects | Article

  • May 7, 2019 - New study claims 43 states expose millions to dangerous chemical in drinking water | News Segment

  • May 10, 2019 - Senators’ bill looks to address PFAS at military bases | Article

  • May 16, 2019 - Air Force puts out a monthly newsletter for the Pease RAB | Newsletter

  • May 16, 2019 - Air Force creates an Overview of the Air Force BRAC Environmental Restoration Program | Slides

  • May 22, 2019 - US Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works hearing on PFAS: Examining Legislation to Address the Risks Associated with Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) | Video

  • May 25, 2019 - Amico still fighting against threat of PFAS | Article

  • May 29, 2019 - NH sues 3M, DuPont, 6 other companies over PFAS contamination | Article

  • May 30, 2019 - Pease group files suit against PFAS manufacturers | Article

April 2019

  • April 1, 2019 - ATSDR releases their Public Health Consultation on PFAS in the Pease Tradeport Public Water System | Report | Fact Sheet | Press Release

  • April 4, 2019 - Lawmakers file bill to treat vets exposed to PFAS | Article

  • April 4, 2019 - Shaheen Presses Secretary Wilson on KC-46 Delivery to Pease and Toxic Chemical Impact on Guardsmen | Video

  • April 18, 2019 - Air Force puts out a monthly newsletter for the Pease RAB | Newsletter

Mar 2019

  • March 7, 2019 - Air Force Pease RAB meeting on Pease at the NH DES office from 6:30-9:30 pm |Flyer | Agenda | Slides

  • March 12, 2019 - NH DES hosts public comment session on their proposed MCLs for 4 PFAS | Meeting Info | Article

Feb 2019

Jan 2019

Dec 2018

  • December 7, 2018 - Air National Guard on Pease hosts a listening session for ANG members and their health concerns | Article

  • December 7, 2018 - Michigan PFAS Science Advisory Panel releases report titled: “Scientific Evidence and Recommendations for Managing PFAS Contamination in Michigan” | Report

  • December 13, 2018 - Senator Shaheen and 22 other members of the US Senate send a letter to CDC & ATSDR advocating for firefighters to be studied | Letter

  • December 18, 2018 - State of NY Drinking Water Quality Council recommend 10 ppt for PFOS & 10 ppt for PFOA | Press Release

  • December 19, 2018 - Conservative Law Foundation in addition to multiple NH community groups sign a petition to NH DES to regulate PFAS as a class | Petition | Article | Article

Nov 2018

  • November 7, 2018 - EPA & US Senator Jeanne Shaheen present Andrea Amico with the Citizen Excellence in Community Involvement Award

  • November 8, 2018 - EPA Awards More Than $27 Million to New Hampshire to Support Local Clean Water Projects | Press Release

  • November 9, 2018 - Testing for Pease participates on a panel on PFAS to share the community perspective at a NH Medical Society Annual Event. US Senator Jeanne Shaheen also attends and speaks at the event later in the evening | Article

  • November 9, 2018 - Portsmouth Herald editorial: “Thumbs up to Andrea Amico, Testing for Pease activists”

  • November 13, 2018 - PFAS Reach team hosts information session at Great Bay Kids Company on Pease | Article | FAQ

  • November 14, 2018 - PFAS Reach team hosts information session at Great Bay Kids Company on Pease | Article | FAQ

  • November 14, 2018 - EPA seeks public input on draft toxicity assessments for PFAS chemicals (Gen X & PFBS) | Press Release

  • November 19, 2018 - EPA’s Dr Peter Grevatt announces his retirement | Article

  • November 21, 2018 - EPA releases new tools to test and treat additional PFAS, including GenX, in drinking water | Press Release

  • November 30, 2018 - NH Congressional Delegation sends letter to DoD & VA requesting assistance looking into high rates of cancers at Pease | Letter

Oct 2018

  • October 1, 2018 - Andrea Amico receives a 2018 National Notable Achievement Awards award from EPA Region 1 Administrator for “Citizen Excellence in Community Involvement Award”

  • October 1, 2018 - Testing for Pease presents the Pease Non Target Analysis Project to the Portsmouth City Council | Video | Slides

  • October 1, 2018 - City of Portsmouth (Brian Goetz) presents Pease Tradeport Water System Update to Portsmouth City Council | Video | Slides

  • October 3, 2018 - Senator Shaheen introduces legislation to the FAA reauthorization bill that sets a deadline of three years to phase out the mandatory use of PFAS-containing firefighting foams for commercial aircraft manufacturers or our nation’s airports | Press Release | Article

  • October 4, 2018 - Silent Spring Institute announces their awarding of a federal grant to study immune function in children at Pease | Press Release | Article

  • October 5, 2018 - Testing for Pease presents their community story to UNH Engineering students for the third year in a row

  • October 7, 2048 - Portsmouth Herald article: Amico ‘a true hero’ in fight against PFAS

  • October 10, 2018 - Pease RAB Meeting on Pease, 6:30-8:30pm, Great Bay Community College Room 122, 320 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth, NH 03801| Agenda

  • October 15, 2018 - Save the date for the next National PFAS conference at Northeastern University on June 10-11, 2019 | Save the Date

  • October 18, 2018 - NH DES hosts “Stakeholder and Technical Work Sessions on Setting Public Drinking Water Standards for PFOA, PFOS, PFNA, & PFHxS” | Meeting Notice | Slides

  • October 26, 2018 - ATSDR Pease Proof of Concept (Docket No. ATSDR-2018-0008) public comments are due | Federal Registrar | Submit Public Comments Online



Sept 2018

  • September 6, 2018 - The Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing today in DC entitled, “Perfluorinated Chemicals in the Environment: An Update on the Response to Contamination and Challenges Presented.” | Video

  • September 20, 2018 - ATSDR in Person Pease CAP Meeting at NH DES Office on Pease from 6-9pm | Flyer | Agenda | Video

  • September 26, 2018 - Andrea Amico testifies at US Senate Subcommittee hearing: The Federal Role in the Toxic PFAS Chemical Crisis (Andrea’s verbal testimony starts around 1:45:30) | Video | Written Statement

Aug 2018

  • August 1, 2018 - US EPA Administrator Wheeler speaks at The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works hearing titled, “Examining EPA’s Agenda: Protecting the Environment and Allowing America’s Economy to Grow.” | Video

Jul 2018

Jun 2018

  • June 1, 2018 - Andrea Amico sends follow up letter to EPA Adminstrators Scott Pruitt & Alexandra Dunn | Letter

  • June 1, 2018 - EPA Science Advisory Board presentation on PFAS | EPA Presentation

  • June 3, 2018 - TFP founders & Lindsey Carmichael (Pease CAP member & Portsmouth resident) send letter to ATSDR & HHS directors demanding release of the ATSDR report on PFAS | Letter

  • June 5 & 6, 2018 - Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (BSC, NCEH/ ATSDR) | Meeting Notice

  • June 8, 2018 - Multiple US Senators send letter to EPA & HHS directors requesting release of ATSDR study | Letter

  • June 25 & 26, 2018 - EPA New England (Region 1) will host the first Regional PFAS workshop at Exeter High School. June 25, 2018 meeting time = 4:30pm to 10pm & June 26, 2018 meeting time = 8am to 3pm | EPA Meeting Notice | Agenda | Video

  • June 26, 2018 - California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment writes memo recommending CA use interim notification levels for PFOA & PFOS based on data and recommendations from New Jersey | Memo

  • June 27, 2018 - Pease RAB meeting on Pease, 6:30-8:30pm, NH DES Office on Pease | Agenda

  • June 27, 2018 - NH DHHS closes the PFAS Blood Testing Program | Website Notice

  • June 29, 2018 - US Senators Maggie Hassan & Jeanne Shaheen write a letter to the EPA urging them to take action | Letter | Article

May 2018

  • May 8, 2018 - Andrea Amico and other community leaders from Massachusetts meet with EPA Region 1 Administrator Alexandra Dunn and her team at the EPA Office in Boston to discuss the National EPA PFAS Summit scheduled for May 23 & 23 in DC | Letter given to Dunn at the meeting

  • May 10, 2018 - ATSDR announces that Pease will be the first community to be part of the mult site PFAS study | Article

  • May 10, 2018 - ATSDR Pease CAP meeting on Pease, 6-9pm, NH DES Office on Pease | Flyer | Agenda | Video

  • May 14, 2018 - Politico Article titled "White House, EPA headed off chemical pollution study" stating EPA blocking ATSDR study that would recommend lower PFAS levels to protect public health | Article

  • May 14, 2018 - NH Congressional Delegation sends letter to EPA demanding they release the ATSDR study ASAP | Letter | Article

  • May 21, 2018 - EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt sends letter to Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee stating he does not have the authority to release the ATSDR study | Letter

  • May 22 & 23, 2018 - EPA Hosts a National Leadership PFAS Summit in Washington DC | Agenda ***Andrea Amico attends day 1 of the summit and has a personal meeting with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt | Article# 1 | Article # 2 ***

  • May 31, 2018 - Andrea Amico & Alayna Davis of Testing for Pease speak on Portsmouth Community Radio WSCA to discuss Andrea's recent trip to the EPA Summit in DC, the ATSDR health study, and more.

Apr 2018

  • April 5, 2018 - Members from the Pease RAB & Pease CAP meet with Assistant Secretary of the Air Force John Henderson and US Senator Jeanne Shaheen to discuss the contamination remediation efforts at Pease and the PFAS health study funded by DoD | Article

  • April 13, 2018 - 25 US Senators send a letter to the EPA requesting "they "expeditiously declare an MCL for all PFAS" | Letter

  • April 16, 2018 - Andrea Amico & Lindsey Carmichael speak at a public hearing at the Portsmouth City Council advocating that the city appropriate funds to filter Portsmouth schools (drinking & cooking) water | Video

  • April 24, 2018 - US Senator Jeanne Shaheen questions the Secretary of the Air Force about the PFAS study | Article | Video

Mar 2018

  • March 5, 2018 - Deputy Director of DPW, Brian Goetz, presents update to Portsmouth City Council | Video | Slides

  • March 6, 2018 - NH Governor Chris Sununu sends letter to ATSDR advocating Pease be in the national health study | Letter

  • March 13, 2018 - PFASs/Teflon Documents from Sharon Lerner (The Intercept) | Documents

  • March 14, 2018 - US Air Force Pease RAB meeting at GBCC at 6:30 pm | Flyer | Agenda

  • March 19, 2018 - TFP participate in a round table discussion with the Portsmouth City Council on filtering water at Portsmouth public schools and non target analysis | TFP Slides | Video | City Slides

  • March 20, 2018 - NBC 10 Boston News Coverage | Some in Portsmouth, NH Raise Concerns About Drinking Water

  • March 21, 2018 - US Senator Jeanne Shaheen is successful in getting $7 million dollars appropriated for a mult site health study on PFASs | Press Release

  • March 22, 2018 - Andrea Amico participates in Portsmouth Community Radio WSCA radio discussion on World Water Day | Radio Interview

Feb 2018

  • February 20, 2018 - 3M settles groundwater lawsuit for $850 million | Article

  • February 20, 2018 - News Center Maine (Portland): Kids Drinking Toxic Water? These Moms Have Had Enough | News Segment

Jan 2018

  • Janaury 11, 2018 - In person ATSDR CAP meeting on Pease | Flyer | Agenda | Video

  • January 18, 2018 - NH Congressional Delegation writes a letter to ATSDR & DoD advocating Pease being in health studies | Letter | Article

  • January 18, 2018- US Senator Jeanne Shaheen questions Air Force official candidate, Colonel Henderson, on PFC health study (time stamp 1:01:15) | Video

Dec 2017

  • December 1, 2017 -TFP members presenting the Pease community story at the Root Skills Conference in Manchester, NH | Root Skills Conference

  • December 12, 2017 - NDAA signed into law by President Trump today | Article

  • December 15, 2017 - Updated NHANES data released on pediatric PFAS levels | Article

  • December 20, 2017 - Air Force recruits additional community members for the Pease RAB | Application

  • December 22, 2017 - EPA responds to City of Portsmouth Mayor Blalock's letter requesting additional testing at Pease | Letter

Nov 2017

  • November 7, 2017 - City of Portsmouth releases two updates on Pease | Portsmouth Water System PFC Sampling Update | Pease Tradeport Water Supply Update

  • November 8, 2017 - TFP will be presenting on a national PFAS webinar/call titled: The Social and Scientific Discovery of a Class of Emerging Contaminants: Per- and Polyfluorinated Chemicals |Podcast & Slides

  • November 8, 2017 - Senator Shaheen announces her final Senate- and House-negotiated defense authorization bill that includes her bipartisan amendment to pay for the first-ever study on the health effects of PFC exposure in drinking water | Article

  • November 9, 2017 - Members from TFP meet with Portsmouth city officials to discuss PFAS levels in the city supplied drinking water and to discuss additional PFAS water sampling opportunities at Pease.

  • November 13, 2017 - ATSDR releases the final version of the Pease Feasibility Assessment

  • November 14, 2017 - NDAA passes the House | Amendment pertaining to National PFAS Health Study

  • November 14, 2017 - Proposal for coordinated health research in PFAS-contaminated communities in the United States published in Environmental Health | Scientists Letter

  • November 14, 2017 - NH State Rep Mindi Messmer announces run for Congress | NHPR Article

  • November 16, 2017 - NDAA passes the Senate | Amendment pertaining to National PFAS Health Study

  • November 22, 2017 - The Intell publishes an article titled: Records: Military knew of firefighting foam hazards in 1995

  • November 29. 2017 - City of Portsmouth Mayor, Jack Blalock, writes letter to EPA asking for technical assistance testing in testing for additional PFASs in Pease water (beyond the 23 PFASs currently being tested for) | Letter

Oct 2017

  • October 24, 2017 - Air Force RAB meeting on Pease | Agenda | Slides | Summary

  • October 9, 2017 - TFP members send email to City of Portsmouth Officials, Mayor, and City Council requesting an in person meeting to discuss Portsmouth water supply

Sept 2017

  • September 1, 2017 - TFP launches national letter writing campaign to federal officials requesting National PFC/PFAS Health Study support campaign launches | Letter Writing Campaign

  • September 5, 2017 - Attorney Rob Billot writes letter to ATSDR re: Request for Coordinated Nationwide PFAS Health Study And Testing And Notice of Intent to Sue | Letter

  • September 6, 2017 - Pediatric Cancer Cluster Task Force. TFP leaders advocate for medical monitoring | Article | Video

  • September 18, 2017 - The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that passed the U.S. Senate | Article

  • September 20, 2017 - TFP Andrea Amico interviews with Veterans Radio | Radio Interview

  • September 25, 2017 - Members from TFP met with NH DHHS to discuss the community's need for medical monitoring

  • September 25,2017 - Members from TFP presented the Pease community story to UNH Engineering students

  • September 26, 2017 - Air Force, NH DES, & EPA meet with Newington Residents to discuss water concerns | Flyer

Aug 2017

  • August 14, 2017 - NJ DEP to regulate carcinogenic chemicals in drinking water | News Segment

  • August 14, 2017 - Testing for Pease is featured in a documentary called Troubled Waters: Military bases' contamination will affect water for generations | Pease Video

  • August 15, 2017 - Harvard, University of Rhode Island researchers to study chemical contamination of US waters | Article

  • August 20, 2017 - Andrea Amico writes a letter to the editor supporting medical monitoring for the Pease community | Letter

  • August 22, 2017 - Testing for Pease is featured on the Center for Public Integrity website: Military bases' contamination will affect water for generations

  • August 24, 2017 - NH Delegation Calls for Community Update on Water Contamination | Letter | Press Release

  • August 24, 2017 - Multiple state health department leaders send letter to CDC requesting national PFC health study | Letter

  • August 28, 2017 - ATSDR Pease CAP meeting at NH DES office on Pease from 6pm to 9pm | Flyer | Agenda | Video Part 1 | Video Part 2 | Transcript

  • August 30, 2017 - Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter visits Pease and Coakley Landfill to discuss contamination issues | Article

  • August 31, 2017 - Multiple US Senators send a letter to the Appropriations Committee advocating for funding for national PFC health study | Letter

Jul 2017

  • July 5, 2017 - TFP sends letter to NH DHHS commissioner requesting Pease PFAS blood samples be saved | Letter

  • July 6, 2017 - TFP co founder Andrea Amico is interviewed with NH State Rep Mindi Messmer on Portsmouth Community Radio.

  • July 12, 2017 - Deadline for the CAP to submit written comments on the feasibility assessment to ATSDR. Please email us at with your feedback to share with ATSDR.

  • July 21, 2017 - Air Force Press Release: Air Force continues attack on PFOS/PFOA issues at Pease

  • July 26, 2017 - Air Force RAB meeting on Pease from 6:30-9pm at Great Bay Community College | Flyer | Agenda | Slides

  • July 27, 2017 - House Adopts Shea-Porter Amendment Authorizing $7 Million for PFC Health Study | Press Release

  • July 31, 2017 - NH State Reps send letter to NH Congressional Delegation: Request for Assistance with Issues relating to Coakley Landfill Superfund Site and Pease Air Force Base | Letter


Jun 2017

  • June 6, 2017 - Senator Jeanne Shaheen questions a top Air Force official about funding a Pease health study

  • June 6, 2017 - Research paper published stating GAC filters may not be effective treatment for PFASs in drinking water.

  • June 14, 2017 - Air Force RAB meeting on Pease | Flyer | Agenda ***MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO CONFLICT WITH PFAS CONFERENCE IN BOSTON***

  • June 14 & 15, 2017 - 2 day conference on PFAS conference Highly Fluorinated Compounds – Social and Scientific Discovery | Northeastern University, Boston, MA | Flyer | Presentations/Videos | Speakers BioSchedule | Speakers Bio

  • June 22, 2017 - NH DES sends letter to US EPA requesting assistance with testing for PFAS in the state of NH | Letter

  • June 23, 2017 - Testing for Pease, in partnership with Northeastern University and Silent Spring Institute, are applying for a grant to conduct a pediatric health study on the immune system of children impacted by PFAS at Pease. Please watch the video and provide us with your feedback

  • June 26, 2017 - Testing for Pease members speak at a Mindful Monday event at the Stone Church titled "What’s In Our Seacoast Water & What We Can Do About It?" | Flyer | Agenda

  • June 26, 2017 - Pease Annual Water Quality Report for 2016 released by the City of Portsmouth | Press Release | Report

  • June 28, 2017 - US Senator Jeanne Shaheen sponsors an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to authorize funding for a national health study on PFCs | Press Release | Article


May 2017

Apr 2017


Mar 2017

Feb 2017

  • February 3, 2017 - City of Portsmouth issues a press release with an update on the treatment of Pease wells

  • February 7, 2017 - ***CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW*** ATSDR Pease CAP meeting on Pease | Flyer | Agenda

  • February 8, 2017 - NH Legislative Hearings for proposed bills HB 484 & HB 511 in Concord, NH

  • February 11, 2017 - NH Safe Water Alliance Members speak at RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, NH about water contamination in our seacoast communities

  • February 13, 2017 - DuPont to pay $670 million to settle C8 lawsuits

  • February 22, 2017 - Representative Mindi Messmer's bills (HB 485 and HB 431) pass the Resources, Recreation, and Development Committee. Votes = 18-1 to support HB 485 and 19-0 to support HB 431. | Article

  • February 28, 2017 - Representative Mindi Messmer's bills (HB 484 and HB 511) unanimously pass the Health and Human Services Committee with a vote of 21-0 | Article

Jan 2017

  • January 1, 2017 - Testing for Pease sends a letter to Governor Maggie Hassan thanking her for her support and congratulating her on being elected as a U.S. Senator.

  • January 5, 2017 – Testing for Pease meets with the Greenland Safe Water Action, State Representative Mindi Messmer, State Representative Renny Cushing and other community members to collaborate and form the New Hampshire Safe Water Alliance

  • January 9, 2017 - Testing for Pease sends a letter to Governor Christopher Sununu congratulating him on being elected Governor of New Hampshire and provides an introduction and background on the Pease water contamination.

  • January 9, 2017 - City of Portsmouth Deputy DPW Director gives update to ATSDR Pease CAP via conference call | slideshow

  • January 9, 2017 – The bills that State Representative Messmer filed are available for public viewing:

    • HB485. This bill requires the Department of Environmental Services to use exposure scenarios in children and other vulnerable populations (most conservative approach) to determine criteria for emerging contaminants in drinking water;

    • HB511. This bill would establish a commission to study creating a public health oversight program within the Department of Health and Human Services;

    • HB484. This bill would establish a commission on the seacoast cancer cluster investigation;

    • HB431. This bill would establish a commission to study long term goals and requirements for drinking water in the seacoast area.

  • January 19, 2017 - New England & New Hampshire Water Works Meeting on Pease. NH DES gives an update on state wide efforts surrounding PFCs | Slideshow | Article

  • January 24, 2017 - NH Legislative Hearings for proposed bills HB 485 & HB 431 | Hearing Notice


Dec 2016

  • December 5, 2016 - Testing for Pease presents a brief update of the community accomplishments of 2016 and future action items to the Portsmouth City Council | slideshow | video

  • December 5, 2016 - Brian Goetz (Deputy DPW director for City of Portsmouth) presents an update on the Pease water treatment system to the Portsmouth city council | slideshow | video

  • December 19, 2016 - Testing for Pease advocates to the Portsmouth City Council for the municipal water to be provided to Greenland Residents | Letter | Video

  • December 22, 2016 – Announcement in Seacoast Online that State Representative Mindi Messmer has filed water protection bills. Read Article.

  • December 23, 2016 - Testing for Pease sends a letter to U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte thanking her for her support.


Nov 2016

  • November 1, 2016 - Air Force announces plan to install two groundwater treatment systems at Pease | Press Release

  • November 14, 2016 - The Conservation Law Foundation files a $110 million dollar lawsuit in federal court alleging stormwater runoff from the Pease Development Authority is polluting area waterways | Article

  • November 16, 2016 - US EPA issues new documents on "Supporting Documents for Drinking Water Health Advisories for PFOA and PFOS"

  • November 28, 2016 - Former City Councilor Stefany Shaheen writes a letter to Governor-elect, Chris Sununu, to establish a statewide commission on water safety | Article

  • November 28, 2016 – Testing for Pease meets with Senator Martha Fuller Clark, newly elected State Representative Mindi Messmer, and CAP member and Portsmouth resident Lindsey Carmichael regarding legislation that State Representative Messmer plans to file.


Oct 2016


Sept 2016


Aug 2016


Jul 2016

  • July 5, 2016 - Testing for Pease members and Portsmouth City Councilor Nancy Pearson send a letter to NH DHHS Deputy Commissioner Marilee Nihan with recommendations from the Pease community on next steps. Letter (PDF)

  • July 13, 2016 - NH DHHS re-opens PFC blood testing to the community. Register online.

  • July 14, 2016 - Air Force hosts RAB meeting that includes a Pease bus tour of various clean up sites. RAB Tour Guide (PDF) | WCSH6 News Coverage of Tour

  • July 18, 2016 - US Senator Kelly Ayotte writes to the Dr. Thomas R. Frieden (Director, Center For Disease Control and Prevention) requesting that the CDC engage the residents of PFC impacted communities and public officials and to take an active role to study the long term effects of exposure to PFCs (PFOS, PFOA, PFHxS and other PFCs) Letter (PDF)


Jun 2016

June 16, 2016 - DHHS Public Meeting On Pease Tradeport PFC Blood Testing Results

  • June 16, 2016 - NH DHHS Pease Blood Test Results meeting. Slideshow | Final Report.

  • June 16, 2016 - NH DHHS Deputy Commissioner announces that PFC blood testing for Pease community will re-open in "mid July". To sign up, contact NH DHHS by phone at (603) 271-9461 or email

  • June 20, 2016 - NH DES sends letter to US EPA asking for more answers and information on PFCs that do not have EPA PHAs/recommendations| Letter

  • June 22, 2016 - Air Force announces they will offer a Pease RAB tour on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 10:00 am open to the public | Event Flyer (PDF)

  • June 30, 2016 - Elevated PFCs detected at Coakley Landfill as high as 1,108 ppt. Read article.



May 2016

Interpreting Your PFC Blood Test Results

First CAP Meeting with ATSDR

Apr 2016


Mar 2016

March 3, 2016 - Senator Ayotte questions Secretary of the Air Force on Haven Well clean up.


Jan - Feb 2016

February 16, 2016 - ATSDR presents to Portsmouth city council on upcoming CAP

The Air Force selects members for their RAB (Restoration Advisory Board) and the first RAB meeting open to the public is TBD. New Portsmouth Mayor Jack Blalock writes a letter to ATSDR recommending 5 former CAB members for the upcoming CAP with ATSDR. ATSDR presents to the Portsmouth City Council on February 16, 2016 and starts recruiting community members for the CAP.

  • January 2016 - Air Force selects members for the RAB. First RAB meeting is TBD.

  • February 9 , 2016 - Portsmouth Mayor Jack Blalock writes a letter to ATSDR recommending 5 former CAB members for the ATSDR CAP (PDF - letter is on page 6)

  • February 16, 2016 - ATSDR presents to Portsmouth City Council on upcoming CAP.

  • February 17, 2016 - ATSDR releases their CAP recruitment flyer and a press release on the upcoming CAP. Press Release | CAP Flyer (PDF)


Dec 2015

CAB had their final meeting on December 1, 2015 as their work under the current city mayor and leadership came to an end. The CAB made recommendations that a CAP (community assistance panel) with ATSDR form in the near future to continue the work of the CAB to focus on long term health effects. The CAB chairman presented a summary of the CAB’s work and recommendations to the outgoing mayor and city council at the end of December.

  • December 1, 2015 - CAB final meeting to summarize the CAB’s work and discuss recommendations for the future mayor and city council. Meeting Minutes (PDF)

  • December 14, 2015 - US Air Force sends letters to former military and civilian members stationed on Pease between 1990 and 2014 informing them of the PFC contamination. Air Force letter (PDF)

  • December 21, 2015 - CAB chairman presents summary and recommendations to outgoing city of Portsmouth Mayor and City Council. CAB Final Report (PDF)

December 1, 2015 - Final CAB meeting

December 22, 2015 - CAB chairman presents final recommendations to Portsmouth mayor and city council


Sep - Nov 2015

September 9, 2015 - CAB meeting with NH DHHS presenting first round pediatric blood test results

The state presented the results of the pediatric blood test results from the first round of testing to the community on September 9, 2015. The CAB met with the federal agency ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry) to discuss possible ongoing health studies on the Pease community.

October 14, 2015 - CAB meeting with ATSDR

  • September 9, 2015 - CAB meeting with NH DHHS - Dr Benjamin Chan discusses the aggregate pediatric blood test results for the first round of testing. Dr Chan PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

  • September 25, 2015 - The Air Force agrees to treat ALL three wells on Pease. Read More

  • September 29, 2015 - CAB meeting to discuss the Air Force and the pediatric blood test results meeting. Meeting Minutes (PDF)

  • October 14, 2015 - CAB meeting with ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry) to discuss long term health studies in the Pease community. ATSDR PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

  • October 2016 - Second round of blood testing provided by NH DHHS closes. 1107 community members give blood samples in the second round of testing.

  • November 3, 2015 - CAB meeting with conference call with ATSDR and to discuss the future of the CAB. Meeting Minutes (PDF)

  • November 17, 2015 - CAB meeting to discuss follow up on the CAB’s questions submitted to ATSDR and the future of the CAB. Meeting Minutes (PDF)

  • November 2015 - US Air Force starts recruitment for Restoration Advisory Board. RAB Application (PDF)



Jul - Aug 2015

July 15, 2015 - CAB meeting with Dr. Alan Woolf, environmental pediatrician from Boston Children's Hospital

The EPA ordered the Air Force to treat the Haven well on Pease for PFCs and to design a contingency treatment plan for the Smith and Harrison wells on Pease. CAB meeting occurred on July 15, 2015 with an Environmental Pediatrician from Boston’s Children Hospital to discuss what is known about PFC contamination and children. There were ongoing discussions and advocacy for the state to open a second round of testing given the heightened community interest in getting their blood tested.  The CAB met with the US Air Force on August 26, 2015 to discuss the treatment and clean up of the contaminated wells on Pease Tradeport.

August 26, 2015 - CAB meeting with U.S. Air Force to discuss Pease PFC contamination

  • July 8, 2015 - US EPA issues order on the US Air Force | Order

  • July 10, 2015 - The EPA orders the US Air Force to treat the Haven well and the design a contingency treatment plan for the Smith and Harrison wells on Pease. Read More

  • July 15, 2015 - CAB meeting with Environmental Pediatrician from Boston Children’s Hospital (Dr Alan Woolf). PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

  • July 28, 2015 - CAB meeting to discuss pediatric aggregate test results and additional testing. Meeting Minutes (PDF)

  • August 12, 2015 - CAB meeting to discuss second round of testing and pediatric blood test results. Meeting Minutes (PDF)

  • August 26, 2015 - CAB meeting with US Air Force re: PFC contamination. US Air Force only agreeing to treat the Haven Well as ordered by the US EPA. US Air Force PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

  • August 2015 - NH DHHS opens second round of blood testing to the Pease community for anyone that missed the deadline for the first round of testing.




Apr - Jun 2015

June 2, 2015 - CAB Meeting with NH DES and Epidemiologists on Health Effects & PFCs

The state released their blood testing protocol on their website and the Governor of NH, Maggie Hassan, expanded the blood testing protocol to include ALL community members exposed to contaminated Pease well water prior to May 2014 (when the Haven well was shut down). Portsmouth Mayor, Robert Lister, formed a Community Advisory Board (CAB) to better enhance the relationship and communication between the state and community. The CAB had their first meeting on May 6, 2015. Multiple CAB meetings occurred in June. The first round of blood testing ended on June 12, 2015. The state presented the first round of 98 adults blood test results to the community on June 17, 2015 and the results of the Pease community are elevated when compared to national averages.

June 17, 2015 -  NH DHHS presents first 98 adult blood test results

  • April 2, 2015 - State releases blood testing protocol and agrees to test anyone exposed to contaminated water on Pease prior to May 2014. Protocol was revised in June 2015 (PDF).

  • April 2015 - community members start giving blood samples in the first round of blood testing.

  • April 6, 2015 - NH DHHS starts posting weekly updates on their website for the community.

  • April 23, 2015 - Portsmouth Mayor Robert Lister forms the Community Advisory Board (CAB) to assist with communication between the community and the state and represent the diverse voice of the community.

  • May 6, 2015 - CAB meets for the first time. Brian Goetz from city of Portsmouth DPW presents Water System Overview. PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

  • May 14, 2015 - CAB meeting with presentation from NH DHHS Public Health Lab & NH DES (Dept of Environmental Services). PowerPoint Presentation with NH DHHS (PDF) | PowerPoint Presentation with NH DES (PDF)

  • June 2, 2015 - CAB meeting with NH DES and Epidemiologists on Health Effects & PFCs. NH DES PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

  • June 12, 2015 - first round of blood testing ends.

  • June 17, 2015 - NH DHHS Dr Benjamin Chan presents to the community the first 98 adult blood test results in first round of testing. DHHS Summary (PDF) | DHHS Presentation (PDF) .


Mar 2015

March 18, 2015 - Senator Shaheen addresses Pease PFC contamination to U.S. Air Force (her question starts at 4:40)

A representative from NH DHHS presented to the Portsmouth city council on March 16, 2015 and stated the blood testing protocol has been approved and the state plans to test 100 community members starting in April. The city council and community was not pleased with this limited number. The state hosted a community meeting at the end of March with excellent community attendance. The community expressed their frustrations with the lack of communication and community involvement in the planning process.

  • March 16, 2015 - Rick Cricenti from NH DHHS presents to the Portsmouth City Council giving update on status of testing and informs city council state plans to test 100 community members.

  • March 17, 2015 - Air Force tests water at Pease daycare from tap with and without Brita filter. Results reported on April 16, 2015 reveal Brita faucet filter makes low level PFCs non detect!

  • March 18, 2015 - Senator Jeanne Shaheen asks the U.S. Air Force to assist with the costs of testing for Pease at a meeting in Washington.

  • March 23, 2015 - NH DHHS sends letters to all the businesses on Pease informing them of the blood testing program. Letter is on page 6 of the state’s blood testing protocol (PDF)

  • March 31, 2015 - NH DHHS hosts a community meeting to discuss blood testing program. Part 1 | Part 2


Dec 2014 - Jan 2015

Frustrated with a lack of response on the city, state, and federal level, Andrea Amico called the Portsmouth Herald to see if they will run a story about the lack of action and follow through by the state on the blood testing protocol. The Portsmouth Herald returned her call and wrote a front page newspaper story about her frustrations. The newspaper article gained the attention of the community and city & state officials finally started to take action. Andrea Amico started an online petition to advocate for a blood testing protocol and a Testing for Pease Facebook page to keep the community up to date on the status of blood testing.


Aug - Nov 2014

Andrea Amico continued to attempt communication with the state to check in for updates on the status of blood testing for her family. The state stopped returning her emails and phone calls in October 2014. The Air Force agrees to pay the city of Portsmouth $154,000 to look for a new well/water source.

  • October 4, 2014 - Air Force agrees to pay the city of Portsmouth $154,000 to look for a new well/water source now that Haven Well is no longer on line due to PFC contamination. Read More


Jun - Jul 2014

Andrea Amico continued to communicate with NH DHHS via email and phone about blood testing for her family. The state responded that they are working on developing criteria for the blood testing process. Andrea Amico reached out via email to several government officials (city, state, and federal) asking for assistance in urging the state to push the blood testing process along.  


Apr - May 2014

The Pease wells are tested for the first time for different kinds of PFCs in the water (some that are labeled a contaminant of emerging concern) in April 2014. The results came back positive in all three wells on Pease (Haven, Smith, & Harrison), but the Haven well was shut down immediately due to PFC (PFOS) level greater than the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) PHA (provisional health advisory). There was a newspaper article in May 2014 to inform the community of the contamination and a community meeting at the end of May 2014 to answer community questions and concerns. At the community meeting, the NH DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services) did not recommend blood testing for the community. Community member, Andrea Amico, met an employee of NH DHHS at the end of the community meeting and asked for blood testing for her family. She started contacting the state/NH DHHS via email to pursue blood testing at the end of May.

  • April 2014 - Pease wells tested for PFCs for the first time. Water Test Results (PDF)

  • May 12, 2014 - PFC contamination identified and Haven Well immediately shut down. PFCs also identified in Smith & Harrison wells on Pease, but below the EPA PHA (provisional health advisory). Read More

  • May 28, 2014 - Public Meeting to discuss health effects. Blood testing not recommended per Dr Elizabeth Talbot with NH DHHS. Read More

  • May 28, 2014 - Portsmouth resident, Andrea Amico, attends the community meeting and questions state officials about how to get blood testing for her family (husband and children on Pease daily and exposed to contaminated water) in place. She starts emailing NH DHHS official at end of May to pursue blood testing.