Read the article by Andrew Minegar (WWMT)

“BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Battle Creek received a grant from Michigan to test for potential contamination from a group of chemicals known as PFAS at an airport.

The city received $196,093 to test the Battle Creek Executive Airport at Kellogg Field, formerly known as W.K. Kellogg Airport, for PFAS, an abbreviation for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. The city hired LimnoTech, from Ann Arbor, to focus an investigation on sites where aircraft rescue and firefighters used foam.

The company was expected to test for PFAS in the soil, storm water and ground water at four sites identified where the foam known to contain PFAS was used.

Battle Creek took over firefighting services from the Michigan Air National Guard in 2014.

The Battle Creek city water tested negative for PFAS in 2018. 

Tests found 20 drinking water wells near the Air National Guard Base in Battle Creek had tested positive for PFAS in 2018. 

In September 2018, U.S. Rep Fred Upton discussed the high levels of PFAScontamination found at the Air National Guard Base. One well tested 750 times higher than the federal allowance.”