Alpena County is home to two separate sources of contamination: Alpena Hide and Leather, which used PFAS to treat it’s leather products, and Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC), which used PFAS-containing firefighting foam.
Alpena CRTR: The DEQ became aware of this site after the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs informed the DEQ that a groundwater sample on-base tested positive for PFOA/PFOS. The majority of drinking water at Alpena CRTC is provided by the municipal supply. The DEQ began sampling residential wells on November 7, 2017.
Alpena Hide and Leather: PFAS was confirmed at a vacant property on the former tannery in Alpena in August 2017. Efforts have been made to remove buried hides and contaminated soil from the former tannery. Since sampling 8 monitoring wells that August, the DEQ has installed additional monitoring wells and taken soil samples. Municipal water is being provided to residents in the area.
- DEQ Investigation — Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center
- DEQ Investigation — Alpena Hide and Leather
- Toxic chemical foam plume found at National Guard base in Alpena
- Low Levels of PFOS, PFOA detected in Alpena