PEASE RESTORATION ADVISORY BOARD

Human Health Risk...

In a one-hour presentation before the Pease Restoration Advisory Committee Amy Quintin of Wood PLC outlined the process of determining the human health risk posed by the flow of the PFOS/PFOA/PFBS chemicals from the former Pease Air Force Base.

Quintin explained the process of where the chemicals are coming from and going to, how and where might people come into contact with the chemicals, how much is present at those locations, and whether the levels at those locations are unsafe.

She concluded that soil, surface water and sediment are safe for current use such as swimming and wading. However, concentrations in shellfish are unknown and that tissue sampling is proposed. Testing freshwater surface water/sediment samples are also proposed.

This was a lengthy report with many maps and scenerios for human exposure. This and previous reports to the Pease Restoration Advisory Board can be found at this location: https://www.afcec.af.mil/Home/BRAC/Pease-Archives/. The presentation from October 10, 2018 will be posted soon to this site.

Following her presentation, Brian Goetz, Deputy Diretor of Public Works City of Portsmouth gave a summary of Portsmouth water quality monitoring of the Haven well and the Pease Tradeport Aquifer.

He said there are ongoing discussions with the Air Force and regulators about developing a comprehensive water quality monitoring programs for required compliance monitoring, filter performance monitoring and aquifer monitoring.

This report will be included in the report mentioned above.

PEASE RESTORATION ADVISORY BOARD

Air Force To Pay ...

The Air Force has agreed to remiburse Portsmouth for as much as $14.3 million for the city's costs to construct a water treatment facility to remove two types of dangerous PFAS chemicals from city-owned wells at the former Pease Air Force Base.

Jeff McMenemy of the Portsmouth Herald reported this and his complete story is found below.

PEASE RESTORATION ADVISORY BOARD

Appointment to Pe...

I'm pleased to announce that I've been appointed to the Pease Restoration Advisory Board. The Board, or RAB is a stakeholder group that meets regularly to discuss environmental restoration at a specific property that is currently or was formerly owned by the Department of Defense, or DOD, where the DOD oversees the environmental restoration process, in this case the former Pease Air Force Base.

The Air Force is committed to working in accordance with all regulatory requirements to investigate and, eventually if necessary, to remediate PFOS/PFOA in the groundwater at the former Pease AFB. The Air Force is currently conducting mitigation efforts under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) in response to an adminstrative Order that was issued by the USEPA in August 2015.

Below, I've posted the latest Seacoast Online coverage of the meeting held on March 13.

The mitigation efforts are extensive and have been covered by Seacoast Online.