PFAS Health Impact Study at Pease

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is looking for participants for the soon-to-begin PFAS Health Impact Study.

This study is the first of its kind in the nation and will focus on contamination from the former Pease Air Force Base, now Pease International Tradeport. This effort is important as there is currently no study on the health effects of PFAS exposure on humans, which limits the ability to understand what the health implications are for those who have been exposed. If you suspect that you or someone you know has been impacted by PFAS exposure at Pease – and especially if a blood test revealed elevated levels of PFAS – you are encouraged to consider participating in this study and help spread the word about the need for participation. The more people who participate, the more useful and accurate the data will be, which will help deliver answers.

In order to participate in the study, you must be either be:

An adult aged 18 or older who

  • worked or attended school at Pease International Tradeport anytime from January 2004 to May 2014, or
  • lived in Newington anytime from January 2004 to the present and used a private well with documented PFAS contamination.

OR

A child aged 4 through 17 who has parent or guardian permission and

  • attended daycare at Pease International Tradeport anytime from January 2004 to May 2014, or
  • was born to and/or breastfed by a mother who meets the adult eligibility criteria.

A small group of adults who never drank water from Pease International Tradeport and whose occupation or education did not expose them to PFAS, and children who never drank water from Pease International Tradeport may also be eligible to participate.

Those selected for the study will be asked about their medical history, have their body measurements taken and will have blood and urine samples drawn. The behavior of child participants will also be observed. 

For further information on the study, please visit the ATSDR website here. If you have any additional questions, you can email PeaseStudy@cdc.gov or call my office at 603-647-7500.