PFAS contamination found in mobile home park drinking water.

December 4, 2020

PFAS contamination found in mobile home park drinking water.

ROTHBURY — PFAS contamination in private drinking water wells was found in the Greenlawn Mobile Home Court Park, at 2725 E. Forrest St., according to District Health Department #10.

DHD #10 announced that a virtual meeting to discuss the “ongoing PFAS investigation” is set for Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 6-7:30 p.m.

“Rothbury area residents are invited to attend a virtual community meeting on the investigation into PFAS contamination in private drinking water wells,” states a DHD #10 Facebook post. “During a statewide survey of public water supplies, PFAS was found in the Greenlawn Mobile Home Court Park. Because of that, the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) tested nearby residential wells. During the meeting, state and local agencies will provide information about the testing and answer questions from residents.”

To attend online, visit bit.ly/3qoy6Pv. To attend by phone, call 312-626-6799 and enter access code: 958 1293 7606#.

Learn more about the meeting and how you can register to attend by visiting https://www.michigan.gov/pfasresponse/0,9038,7-365-86513_96293—,00.html

“Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a family of human-made chemicals that are found in a wide range of products used by consumers and industry,” according to www.fda.gov. “There are nearly 5,000 different types of PFAS, some of which have been more widely used and studied than others. Many PFAS are resistant to grease, oil, water, and heat. For this reason, beginning in the 1940s, PFAS have been used in a variety of applications including in stain- and water-resistant fabrics and carpeting, cleaning products, paints, and fire-fighting foams. Certain PFAS are also authorized by the FDA for limited use in cookware, food packaging, and food processing equipment.

“The widespread use of PFAS and their ability to remain intact in the environment means that over time PFAS levels from past and current uses can result in increasing levels of environmental contamination. Accumulation of certain PFAS has also been shown through blood tests to occur in humans and animals. While the science surrounding potential health effects of this bioaccumulation of certain PFAS is developing, evidence suggests it may cause serious health conditions.

“As the science on PFAS advances, the FDA will continue working with other Department of Health and Human Services agencies including the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as other federal agencies, including the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Department of Agriculture, and the US Department of Defense, in addition to our state and local partners, to identify routes of PFAS exposure, understand associated health risks, and reduce the public’s exposure to those health risks.”

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