- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A $700 billion defense authorization bill signed into law by President Donald Trump includes an amendment by New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen to fund a nationwide health study on the implications of PFOA and related chemicals in drinking water.

The nationwide study will be conducted by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Shaheen, a Democrat, said Tuesday the amendment is particularly important for families living in the Seacoast area, following the Air Force’s announcement in May that it wouldn’t fund a health study of water contamination around Haven Well at the Pease International Tradeport.

The Air Force is designing a groundwater treatment system for the former military base.

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