- Associated Press - Thursday, May 10, 2018

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says a study will be conducted at New Hampshire’s Pease International Tradeport to examine the health impacts of chemicals in drinking water.

Pease will serve as the model test site for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Information on PFAS chemicals will be collected and used in a larger, national study.

The Pease Tradeport formerly served as an Air Force base. In 2014, the city of Portsmouth closed the Haven well at Pease after the Air Force found high chemical levels.

State health officials also determined that more than 1,500 people have elevated levels of the chemicals in their blood from drinking contaminated groundwater near Pease.

Shaheen said Thursday that families have waited far too long for peace of mind and should be able to trust their drinking water.

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