PFAS Testing Gets Underway Near Airport/Coast Guard Property

Posted by Beth Milligan | Oct 29, 2021

In the coming weeks, the US Coast Guard, in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) and Cherry Capitol Airport, will begin a second round of testing for pollutants in the ground near the premises of Air Station Traverse City and that adjacent commercial area and residential complex.

The investigation will look for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), harmful but widely used chemicals in fire-fighting foam and other industrial applications. The foam was used in operations at airports such as the Cherry Capital Aiport and the Coast Guard Air Station. After a first round of testing in April, a second round of testing will take place in the coming weeks. Local residents are cautioned that “teams are collecting soil and groundwater samples in these areas to obtain information on the concentration and location of potential PFAS contamination.” A 2020 investigation found that 15 private drinking water wells near the airport and industrial park contained PFAS, with seven wells tested above safe drinking water limits.

According to a notice from the U.S. Coast Guard, if the organization conducts these activities, the community can receive information about this investigation by emailing [email protected], where residents can ask questions and request information about the investigation. “The US Coast Guard remains committed to ensuring transparency and working closely with our partners Michigan EGLE, Cherry Capitol Airport and the community to protect the public and the environment,” the statement said.


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