August 6, 2020 Press Releases

NEW TV AD: Shaheen Making a Difference for NH Families Impacted by PFAS

August 6, 2020
Contact: Josh Marcus-Blank,

Airing Thursday morning, the ad highlights Senator Shaheen’s leadership in Congress, addressing PFAS concerns and getting NH families the answers they need on these contaminants

Manchester, N.H. – The Shaheen campaign’s new television ad focuses on Jeanne Shaheen making a difference for New Hampshire families impacted by PFAS contamination. When Granite Staters on the Seacoast and in Merrimack contacted Senator Shaheen with concerns about chemicals in their water, she took action, and she has led efforts in Congress responding to PFAS contamination ever since.

The new thirty-second ad will air on Thursday, August 6, on WMUR and cable. It features Andrea Amico, a clean water activist and the co-founder of Testing for Pease whose family was affected by PFAS contamination at Pease International Tradeport. Shaheen and Amico have worked together to combat PFAS since 2014.

“Jeanne Shaheen listened to our concerns about PFAS contamination in our water when no one else would, and she has made such a difference for families here,” said Andrea Amico. “After hearing from impacted communities in New Hampshire, she immediately got to work, creating the first-ever national PFAS health study and securing more than $30 million to help ensure we get answers about PFAS in our water supply. No one has fought harder for families like mine than Jeanne Shaheen, and she knows there is so much more to do to support communities impacted by PFAS. I’m incredibly grateful for her leadership, and I look forward to continuing our work together to keep our communities safe and healthy.”

Jeanne Shaheen has led efforts in Congress to respond to PFAS chemicals, also known as toxic “forever” chemicals found in everyday products with suspected serious health impacts. PFAS have contaminated New Hampshire water supplies and affected thousands of families and service members. In the Senate, she secured $30 million in funding for the first-ever national health study on these contaminants and successfully fought for it to be conducted in New Hampshire. This year’s National Defense Authorization Act included an additional $15 million for the health study due to Shaheen’s efforts.

Shaheen has taken on the Department of Defense regarding PFAS contamination, and DOD created a task force addressing PFAS contamination in response to her efforts. She helped pass a ban on firefighting foam containing PFAS and is pushing for a ban on the DOD purchase of items with PFAS. She continues to demand accountability for Granite Staters and Americans on PFAS exposure, and has championed legislation to ensure that current and former service members who served at military bases with PFAS contamination are informed about their exposure and health.

Watch the new television ad here: