Representatives from all concerned groups were represented: Governor Snyder's personnel, DNR, DEQ, Army National Guard (both state and federal), state health officials and scientists. They repeatedly gave guarantees that no one is trying to walk away from this problem and everyone is committed to working together.
The main focus is investigative and making sure everyone has clean drinking water. Residential well testing is only for safety and health concerns. The DEQ is involved in a scientific investigation involving other testing measures, including soil borings.
For the most part, all of the information was the same as reported in the Nov. 23rd edition of the Avalanche. However, foam concerns were repeatedly brought up by residents and it appears the officials present do not know why it is occurring. The extremely high level of 30,400 parts per trillion of PFOS in one sample is clearly distressing. At this time they could only advise residents to stay clear of it.
The guard camp wells tested well below the 70 parts per trillion threshold (they stressed that this level is VERY conservative and errors on the side of extreme safety for all individuals who might be exposed, including pregnant or nursing women.) They also stated that the wastewater facility on the guard camp ground is lined and monitored.
If you haven't signed up to have your well tested... the link is www.michigan.gov/campgrayling
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I will post all comments and concerns. Sandra Michalik, Director, LMPOA