24 Bases with reported TCE water contamination
(Source: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry)

Pease Air Force Base

Portsmouth/ Newington, NH

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Pease Air Force Base (Pease AFB) is located in the New Hampshire Seacoast Region between the City of Portsmouth and the towns of Newington and Greenland, New Hampshire. From 1956 until its closure in 1991, the base maintained a combat-ready force for long range bombardment operations. Due to environmental contamination of soils and groundwater, Pease AFB was placed on the National Priorities List in 1990.
Under the Air Force's Installation Restoration Program, environmental investigations began in 1983. Currently, the base is in the later stages of cleanup, with Records of Decision completed for contaminated areas and all required remedial actions complete or ongoing. Base property is being transferred to the Pease Development Authority for reuse as a civilian commercial center.
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NHDHHS) and the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) have reviewed available environmental information related to contaminated areas on the base and identified several exposure situations requiring more detailed evaluation. The situations involved past and current exposures to chemical contamination in surface water, groundwater, sediments, and fish tissue. NHDHHS also reviewed soil gas data to evaluate the possibility that groundwater contamination beneath the base might affect the indoor air quality of some buildings on the site.
Based on this review, all of the exposure situations were categorized as either no apparent public health hazard or no public health hazard due to chemical exposures at levels that are unlikely to result in adverse health effects, or limited access to chemical contamination that prevents exposure.
Potential Building Indoor Air Contamination It is theoretically possible that some contaminants in the groundwater beneath Pease AFB may evaporate, migrate upwards through the soil gas, and eventually impact the indoor air quality of buildings in the area. While there are no data on indoor air quality at Pease AFB, limited data on soil gas do not suggest that current indoor air quality problems would be expected. However, to guard against potential future exposures, this potential pathway should be kept in mind during the redevelopment of the base.
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