Statewide testing begins for PFAS

DEQ testing for PFAS in Emmet County

EMMET COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Michigan is the first state to begin a statewide study on PFAS chemicals.

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) says the chemicals can come from several different things like firefighting foam, food packaging and manufacturing byproducts.

This week, the testing began in Emmet County.

The DEQ plans to test about 50 spots.

They will mostly be testing public water sources, but will also test five private wells at schools and the Pellston Regional Airport.

Emmet County officials say they're glad people there will get some answers soon.

“I think it’s good that the state has taken the step to test everywhere in the state," said Emmet Count Administrator John Calabrese. "It looks like we’re one of the last places that they’re getting to, but I think northern Michigan’s waterways are important. We want to keep them clean and whatever we can do to help facilitate that, I think is good.”

The DEQ says the statewide testing will cost $1.7 million and will be the first of its kind in the U.S.

It could be months before the DEQ has the results from the water testing in Emmet County.

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