New Pease Water Plant Removing PFAS Contamination From Groundwater

Jul 27, 2018

Senator Jeanne Shaheen gets a tour of a Pease water treatment plant from Rob Singer, the government contractor's project manager.
Credit Annie Ropeik / NHPR

A first-of-its-kind water treatment system is up and running at Pease International Tradeport.

The plant uses a new regenerative resin process to scrub extremely high levels of PFAS chemicals out of the groundwater beneath a former military fire training area.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen toured the facility Friday and says Pease should be a model for other PFAS-contaminated communities -- military or otherwise. 

"We're just really beginning to learn how widespread the impact is and the effect to drinking water, and that's a huge issue,” she says.

Shaheen also worked to make Pease the center of a national health study on the effects of PFAS.

The $8 million Pease plant she toured is one of three being built at the tradeport, four years after high levels of PFAS were found in a drinking water well that's still shut down.

It'll be years before the treatment plants begin reducing PFAS levels flowing to nearby private wells.

Shaheen also worked to make Pease the center of a national health study on the effects of PFAS.

Click here to hear more about the treatment plant and Pease's remediation plans.