Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) NH Update

On June 28, 2019, NH DHHS issued a health alert update on per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in New Hampshire.

KNH Division of Public Health Services Health Alert Networkey Points and Recommendations:

  1. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) has proposed new PFAS drinking water standards, called Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs), for four commonly identified PFAS compounds. Please review the attached Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for more information.
  2. The long-term risk to human health from PFAS exposure is unclear, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR) is conducting a national PFAS health study to learn more about the potential human health impact from exposure to these chemicals.
  3. New Hampshire has multiple communities with PFAS drinking water contamination. Healthcare providers may receive questions from patients about how to monitor the health of a person who has exposure to these chemicals in drinking water. Healthcare providers are urged to review the following available resources:
  4. Northern New England Poison Center (NNEPC) toxicologists remain available to assist clinicians with questions or concerns about toxic/chemical exposures, including PFAS:
    • For non-urgent questions related to PFAS exposure, call: 1-800-562-8236 
    • For urgent questions related to other toxic exposures, call: 1-800-222-1222 
  5. The public can contact NHDES at 603-271-3710 for additional information.

Full DHHS Alert