NH Congresswoman votes to address groundwater contamination
New Hampshire Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter secured legislation to address perfluorinated chemical (PFC) contamination around military bases, including Pease Air National Guard Base, in Friday’s House-passed 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed provisions to create a national PFC Health Impact Study. This would hold the Department of Defense Accountable for the clean-up.
“Community members who live near contaminated sites like Pease deserve answers about how they and their children may be affected by perfluorinated chemicals, and guidance on what steps they can and should take to protect their health,” said Shea-Porter. “Bipartisan support for the provisions secured today reflects the national scope of PFC contamination around military bases across the country.”
The annual defense authorization bill, which Shea-Porter helped to write as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, includes:
- A Shea-Porter co-sponsored amendment directing the Department of Defense to conduct a health impact study on the effects of exposure to PFCs at affected military installations, including Pease.
- Shea-Porter’s provision directing the Secretary of Defense to brief the House Armed Services Committee on:
o The locations near current and former military installations where the Department has tested drinking water system PFC levels and a summary of the results of those tests, including whether they exceeded lifetime health advisory levels;
o The Department’s short-term mitigation actions in locations where elevated PFC levels have been identified, such as Pease; and
o The process and timeline for long-term remediation actions in locations with elevated PFC levels.
- A Shea-Porter co-sponsored amendment requiring a report on the Department of Defense’s progress developing and implementing alternatives to firefighting foam containing PFCs that was used at more than 600 U.S. military fire training sites, including Pease.