Read the full article by William T. Perkins (News-Review)

“PELLSTON — Elevated levels of per- and/or polyflouroalkyls (PFAS) recently were found in a private well near the Pellston airport.

The site is the first example of a water source in Emmet County showing PFAS readings high enough to be considered actionable.

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan announced the finding in a news release issued Friday. Officials also noted plans to seek residents’ permission for testing of other nearby wells in the coming days.

‘At this point, we are still waiting on lab results to determine the amount of PFAS present and in what area(s),’ stated Scott Kendzierski, the department’s director of environmental health. ‘Protecting the community and our residents is of the utmost importance to our agency. We are currently working with our state and local partners so that we can provide guidance and resources to residents as accurately and quickly as possible.’

The U.S. Environmental Protection agency sets Lifetime Health Advisory levels for PFOA and PFOS — the two most common forms of PFAS — at 70 parts per trillion. 

Kendzierski said the elevated PFAS presence was detected in a private well in Pellston after the owners chose to have their water tested for the substance. They provided their results last week to the health department, which in turn contacted state agencies to confirm the results.

The agencies involved are working to have additional samples taken from nearby wells to determine the scope of the problem…”