Michigan PFAS Action Response Team updates Pellston residents on PFAS investigation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6, 2020
EGLE Media Office, EGLE-Assist@Michigan.gov, 517-284-9278

Local student scientists also to be recognized for aiding investigation

The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) will update residents of Pellston on its continuing investigation of PFAS contamination in private drinking water wells near the Pellston Regional Airport in Emmet County.

MPART representatives from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), along with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan (HDNM) will host a virtual community meeting at 6 p.m. May 13.

MPART previously held a public meeting on Feb. 12 in Pellston to inform residents about the discovery of PFAS contamination in private drinking water wells south of the Pellston Regional Airport.

Since February, 161 private residential and business wells have been sampled for PFAS. To date, 86 residential wells had PFAS contamination detected, or found, in the water. Filters certified to reduce PFAS have been installed or are in the process of being installed in homes with PFAS detections. Bottled water also is available from a distribution point at the Pellston Fire Hall for residents awaiting well sampling or filter installation.

The May 13 meeting is planned as an online event, rather than an in-person meeting, to comply with current state measures designed to suppress the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Register to view or participate in the May Pellston online meeting. After the presentations, there will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions online.

Individuals without internet access can listen to the meeting by calling this toll-free number, 877-309-2074, and entering the access code, 594-845-719#.

MPART also is hosting an online event to recognize the Pellston teachers and students who independently sampled residential wells in the Pellston Area and provided testing results to MPART and HDNM. During the event, students Vivian Dyer, Zoe Ball, Samantha Christensen, Madison Hutchinson, Elizabeth Slater, Jaden Booth, Jada Yepez, Brynn Warner and Katie Schrock, and teachers Steven Corlew and Brooke Groff will be recognized by MPART for their contribution to protecting public health.

The online recognition event will take place from 1-2 p.m. May 13. Register for the Student Recognition Event.

Individuals without internet access can listen to the recognition event by calling this toll-free number, 877-309-2074, and entering the access code, 818-206-784#.

The meeting and the recognition event will be recorded and posted within a few days on the PFAS Response website under Investigations; Current Areas of Interest; Emmet County, Village of Pellston, Pellston Area.

For questions about the investigation or for a copy of the presentation materials, contact Christiaan Bon, EGLE, at BonC@Michigan.gov or call him at 989-370-9624. For questions related to PFAS and health, contact Lisa Fischer at FischerL@Michigan.gov or call her at 517-331-2523, or call 800-648-6942 and ask for Lisa.

To stay up to date on EGLE news, go to Michigan.gov/MIEnvironment and follow EGLE on Twitter at @MichiganEGLE.

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