Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to conduct listening sessions on PFAS exposure in Oscoda area

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 2020
Contact: Bob Wheaton, 517-241-2112

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is inviting the Oscoda area community to listening sessions regarding PFAS exposure.

During the sessions, MDHHS wants to hear from the community to determine next steps toward further evaluation of human exposure to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Two community-wide online listening sessions will be held Thursday, July 30, rather than in-person, to limit the risk of spreading of COVID-19.

PFAS are human-made chemicals that have been found in drinking water wells, groundwater, lakes, rivers, fish, and wildlife in the Oscoda area.

Listening sessions are from 10:30 a.m.-noon and 6:30-8 p.m. MDHHS is inviting anyone who lives or works in the Oscoda area to attend. Register online for the first session or the second session. Anyone who registers will receive an email with instructions. They can also join while the session is underway.

Anyone without internet access can participate in a session by calling a toll-free number. They do not need to register. Callers will be able to hear and talk during the session, but will not be able to see the presentation.

To listen to the first session, call 866-952-8437. Enter the access code 618‑420‑786 followed by the # sign, and then the audio pin 67204 followed by the # sign.

To listen to the second session, call 877-309-2071. Enter the access code 481-411-343, and then the audio pin 35577 followed by the # sign.

To submit a question to be answered during the sessions, or to share thoughts about any further evaluation of human exposure in the Oscoda area, call 844-464-7327 or email mdhhs-pfas@michigan.gov.

For more information about ongoing Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) investigations in the Oscoda area, visit Michigan.gov/PFASResponse and click on Investigations -> PFAS Sites -> and then “Iosco County, Oscoda, Oscoda Area” or “Iosco County, Oscoda, Wurtsmith Air Force Base” in the alphabetized county list of sites.

 

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