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Residents get updates on status of water contamination

Grayling Township

CRAWFORD COUNTY (WPBN/WGTU) -- In a town hall meeting on Tuesday night families in Grayling Township questioned if their drinking water is safe or not.

This, months after reports showed potentially dangerous chemicals called Perfluorinated Compounds (PFC's) could have seeped into the water supply.

"This will take a long time," said Dave Lindsay with the Department of Environmental Quality. "The DEQ was able to take action, so we're stepping up to do the off-the-airfield work to try to expedite things as much as possible."

Major General Greg Vadnais with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs said all the agencies involved have been working to get a handle on the chemicals that may have have leached into the water from Camp Grayling.

About two months ago 166 homes received their test results. Three were found to have potentially harmful levels of PFC's and 20 others had lower levels of the chemicals in their tap water. Since then those numbers have gone up.

"There are four residential levels above the EPA lifetime health advisory," said Lindsay. "But there are as many as 83 total that had detection."

Dr. Jennifer Morse with the Department of Health and Human Services said PFC exposure can be linked to serious health risks at some levels.

That's why the residential wells need to continue to be tested, which someone will have to pay for.

"Just for the lab analytics to have the water wells samples to test it is approximately $400 per test," said Lindsay.

Local, state and federal officials said they will continue working together until they figure out the cause of the problem and how they can fix it.

"This has been an all hands on deck," Major General Vadnais. "I've been really grateful for the tremendous work that the state of Michigan has done in terms of stepping up to the plate and bringing all the resources and all the departments with expertise in the area to address the issue."

The plan for right now is to continue testing residential wells to get an idea of the size of the contamination area.

Another town hall meeting will be scheduled for some time in the winter.

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