“ALPENA — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality said tests done on the wells within a one-mile parameter of the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center showed little or no trace of the perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid like was found at the base.

There are still more questions than answers however and as a result the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is recommending that any of the 80 wells that tested positive for the compounds not drink or cook with their well water. The department did not however issue a health advisory.

DEQ Remediation and redevelopment Specialist Dave Lindsay said there were 21 tests that came back where there was no PFOS or PFOA detected and 24 that tested between .56 and 15.6 parts per trillion. The EPA health advisory level is set at 70 parts per trillion, so all of the results thus far are well below that mark.

Still, Health and Human Services toxicologist Christina Bush said until more can be known about the contamination at the base and whether levels could go up, down or stay the same, using another source of water for drinking and eating is recommended.”

Read the full article by Steve Schulwitz.