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Shaheen To Talk About Federal PFAS Health Study At Pease

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen will be in Portsmouth Friday to talk about an upcoming federal health study on the effects of PFAS chemicals.

The Centers for Disease Control are piloting their first national PFAS study on people who were exposed to the compounds at Pease International Tradeport.

PFAS exposure has been linked to serious health problems. The chemicals got in the drinking water at Pease from past military use of firefighting foam.

Shaheen and other officials will talk with locals about the CDC plans to get the community involved in the study. Many residents have expressed interest in participating or enrolling their children who were exposed at young ages.

Shaheen's roundtable is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at the Green Bean Cafe at Great Bay Community College, which is in the Pease complex.

The CDC will also host a community meeting about the study in downtown Portsmouth later this month.

Annie has covered the environment, energy, climate change and the Seacoast region for NHPR since 2017. She leads the newsroom's climate reporting project, By Degrees.

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