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Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC) (Alpena, Alpena County)
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The Alpena CRTC is an active Michigan Air National Guard (ANG) training facility and is located seven miles west of the city of Alpena. As part of the United States Air Force (USAF) comprehensive approach to protect human health, several areas of the Alpena CRTC were tested for PFAS. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) was made aware of this site when the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs notified EGLE on October 2, 2017, of groundwater samples collected on-base on May 16, 2017. The samples detected PFAS in groundwater at levels above the Lifetime Health Advisory level (LHA) of 70 ppt.
Content posted September 2023
DHHS has completed three rounds of drinking water well resampling in the study area. Households with detections of PFAS have been provided point of use filters and replacement cartridges by District Health Department #4.
AECOM will continue to monitor new residential sampling requests and call residents to set up sampling dates and times as directed by EGLE. All residential well testing reflected on this report has been conducted by EGLE.
ANG plans to conduct additional remedial investigation activities in Fall 2023.
2017 - 2018
- On October 18, 2017, a public meeting was held. There were approximately 200-250 attendees.
- On November 7, 2017, EGLE began sampling residential wells. Additional private water well sampling will continue as sampling requests within the designated sampling area are received.
- On January 18, 2018, a public meeting was held. There were approximately 150 attendees.
- On February 14, 2019, AECOM collected two residential drinking water samples.
- On March 11, 2019, EGLE received the results from the February residential drinking water sample event.
- On June 13, 2019, AECOM collected one residential well sample.
- On July 8, 2019, AECOM collected one residential well sample.
- On September 9, 2019, AECOM collected one (1) residential well sample.
- On September 17, 2019, AECOM collected one (1) residential well sample.
- On October 28, 2019, AECOM collected one (1) residential well sample.
- On March 16, 2020, DHHS finished sending out results letters for the first round of drinking water well resampling conducted in December 2019.
- On April 10, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) sent a press release detailing January 2020 resampling efforts of residential wells surrounding Alpena CRTC. Results were consistent with EGLE's initial sampling efforts. Results letters were sent to residences that participated in the resampling.
- On November 10, 2020, DHHS finished sending out results letters for the second round of drinking water well resampling conducted in June 2020.
- On January 21, 2021, EGLE and representatives of Alpena CRTC participated in a scoping session for Phase I of the remedial investigation. Air National Guard Anticipates Phase I of the investigation to begin by late Autumn of 2021.
- In January 2021, DHHS conducted the third round of drinking water well resampling in the study area. DHHS is currently working on result letters to well owners.
- On August 30, 2021, EGLE met onsite with ANG to discuss EGLE's upcoming water and sediment sampling around Alpena CRTC.
- On September 3, 2021, EGLE contractors sampled water and sediment in areas adjoining Alpena CRTC.
- On October 5, 2021, EGLE and ANG met onsite to discuss ANG's upcoming Phase I of the Remedial Investigation planned for early 2022.
- On December 6, 2021, EGLE received results of surface water sampling from areas surrounding Alpena CRTC. Of 23 total surface water samples, 3 exceeded surface water criteria of 12 ppt PFOS.
- On December 15, 2021, the Air National Guard, EGLE, and DHHS held a virtual town hall.
- In June 2022, EGLE’s contractor collected ten surface water samples from areas surrounding Alpena CRTC.
- On July 22, 2022, EGLE received the surface water sampling results. One of the ten surface water samples collected exceeded the surface water quality value for PFOS at 44 ppt PFOS (compared to 12 ppt PFOS).
- In August 2022, ANG completed the first phase of the Remedial Investigation.
- On January 26, 2023, EGLE completed a report of the Sinkhole Geophysical Investigation.
- On July 5, 2023, EGLE provided comment to the ANG Off Base Mitigation and Potential Exposure Pathway Assessment.
- On July 21, 2023, EGLE provided comments to the ANG Alpena CRTC Quality Assurance Project Plan for Mobilization 2 of the Remedial Investigation.