Why should you care about PFOA’s and C8?

You lock your doors, tuck your children into bed and do everything you can to make sure they are safe. Then they ask you for a glass of water before they fall asleep. You give them a glass of tap water and kiss them good night. Meanwhile, the chemical companies are dumping PFOA's into the ground. The military bases are hosing down AFFF until it seeps into the ground. These chemicals degrade into C8 and make it into your water supply. They may be in that glass of water you just gave your child.

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Edward Harrington Heyburn, Esq.
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Pease Air Force Base)

In April 2014, the three wells supplying drinking water to the Pease Tradeport were tested by the Air Force for perfluorochemicals (PFCs) for the first time at the request of the EPA and Department of Environmental Services (DES), because these chemicals are considered emerging contaminants of concern.

On May 12, 2014 the City of Portsmouth was informed by the New Hampshire DES (Department of Environmental Services) that water samples collected from the Haven well on the Pease Tradeport on April 16, 2014 detected chemicals called PFCs. The Haven well was immediately shut down due to levels of PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonic acid) testing at 12.5 times the current PHA (Provisional Health Advisory) set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The perfluorochemical PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) was also detected, but with levels testing just below the PHA. The other two wells serving the Pease Tradeport, the Smith and the Harrison wells, also detected PFOS and PFOA.

DES immediately notified the City of Portsmouth, which shut down the Haven well. The other two wells are still in use. DES, the EPA, and the Air Force are conducting ongoing testing to ensure the water in these wells and surrounding private wells remains safe.