“PIERSON, Mich. (WOOD) — Nicholas and Charlene Schultz worried that PFAS, a likely carcinogen, was leaking from the Pierson landfill right next door and into their well. It’s a fear shared by many neighbors…

On Thursday, a test paid for by Target 8 eased their fears.

The test analyzed by Trident Labs in Holland found no PFAS in their well water…

Target 8 took the sample last Friday from an outside faucet at their home on Pierson Road, about half a mile from Central Sanitary Landfill. Wolverine Worldwide of Rockford, whose dumping led to widespread PFAS contamination in northern Kent County, dumped at the Pierson landfill for about two decades starting in the 1980s.

Recent tests at some monitoring wells in the landfill itself showed high levels of PFAS, leading to a meeting last week that drew more than 200 anxious residents…

Target 8 followed instructions and used a kit provided by Trident labs. The lab is one of two in the state now testing water for PFAS

‘It’s 100 percent negative,’ Trident’s Lyle Rawlings said. ‘Quite frankly, I’m surprised.’

Trident also is testing water from more than a dozen other wells near the landfill, many of them from nearby Big Whitefish Lake.

‘The way groundwater works, you never know which direction it’s going to go from the landfill,’ Rawlings said. ‘These people are lucky that it’s not going toward their house, apparently. For others in the area, you never know.’ ”

Read the full article by Ken Kolker