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Widow of guardsman presses for cancer study at air base

October 15, 2018

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The widow of a New Hampshire Air National Guardsman believes her husband was exposed to carcinogens while working at Pease Air National Guard Base.

Bonnie Peterman tells the Portsmouth Herald her husband, Wayne Perreault, died from gastric cancer in 2009. Perreault had served in the Air Force before he began working at the 157th Air Refueling Wing at Pease Air National Guard Base.

Peterman and others say family members developed cancer while serving at the base because of contaminated water and other chemicals.

Officials closed a well at the base in 2014 because of high levels of perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA. Exposure at high levels is linked to some forms of cancer.

The New Hampshire National Guard says it’s trying to determine if a study can be conducted.

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Information from: Portsmouth Herald, http://www.seacoastonline.com