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Air Force, CDC to Monitor Effects from Pease Contamination

Members of the 157th Air Refueling Wing await activation in 2009 at the now closed Pease Air Base. (Air Force photo/Laura Suttles)
Members of the 157th Air Refueling Wing await activation in 2009 at the now closed Pease Air Base. (Air Force photo/Laura Suttles)

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- The US Air Force has teamed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor residents exposed to contaminated water from the now-closed Pease base.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that Air Force Secretary Deborah James said Thursday that officials are developing a plan for health monitoring near the Portsmouth base, with the CDC taking the lead.

An Air Force report submitted in September says 454 civilians and 6,128 service members were potentially exposed to poisonous chemicals found in water from the Haven well at Pease International Tradeport in 2014.

James says the Air Force regrets that sometimes communities "get contaminated to a certain degree." But she says the military branch is prepared to "take the right action and clean it up."

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