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Tests: More wells show contamination near ex-Wurtsmith base

Posted September 13

— Results show more private drinking wells are testing positive for toxic fluorocarbons leaching from the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base. reports ( ) the results show chemical plumes have crossed an inland lake and have moved closer to Lake Huron, expanding the area where people could be drinking unsafe water. Between 200 and 300 homes are in the newly affected area.

Christina Bush, a toxicologist with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, says none of the latest well tests exceeded a federal health advisory for Oscoda groundwater.

The U.S. Air Force and the Department of Health and Human Services in December discovered perfluorinated compounds in drinking water wells near the former base in Oscoda. Firefighting foams contaminated the groundwater and the Au Sable River.


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