The health study on people exposed to PFAS chemicals at the former Pease Air Force Base is still scheduled to start no later than August.
Dr. Frank Bove, the senior epidemiologist for the Agency For Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, said the study may even start sooner.
“I don’t see why it would be any later than August,” Bove said in response to a question from Portsmouth activist Andrea Amico.
She asked after expressing her concern that the partial government shutdown may have pushed back the timeline.
Bove made his comments during Thursday night’s meeting of the Pease Community Assistance Panel (CAP) at the Pease International Tradeport.
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., drafted the legislation that created the first-ever national study on the health effects of people exposed to PFAS chemicals.
The legislation also created and funded a smaller Pease-only study.