“HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — A West Michigan medical laboratory has become the first lab in the state testing for PFAS, a move that could save homeowners hundreds of dollars and weeks of waiting for test results.

Trident Labs of Holland is certified for medical tests — checking urine and saliva for opioids and other drugs — something it does for doctors and hospitals.

A month ago, it started testing well water for PFAS using the same methods, the same lab technicians and the same equipment.

The state Department of Environmental Quality, which plans to open its own PFAS lab, has said it has been in contact with Trident and hopes to learn more.

‘Given that lab testing for PFAS takes several weeks, it will be beneficial to have additional testing resources in-state that can augment the planned state laboratory,’ DEQ spokesman Scott Dean told Target 8.

Trident Lab leaders said they were motivated by the PFAS scare in northern Kent County and at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Some out-of-state labs charge $600 or more to check for PFAS in water samples. That doesn’t include the cost of shipping.

Trident said it’s charging $250.

Homeowners, including those around old Wolverine Worldwide dumpsites in northern Kent County, have waited a month for results.

Trident said it can turn them around in a week or less.”

Read the full article by Ken Kolker