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Searching for PFAS in some Negaunee Township wells

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI--   Health officials continue to test private drinking water wells near the former Marquette County Airport in Negaunee Township for harmful PFAS chemicals.

The toxic chemicals are in firefighting foam used at airports.

Patrick Jacuzzo is Director of Environmental Health the Marquette County Health Department.

“There’s some training requirement and testing of equipment that’s involved with that kind of stuff, so there’s a potential that there was some environmental release but it’s not a known fact. There’s no documented release.”   

He says the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy is doing a preemptive survey to make sure there’s no contamination.

“This is all just like something that’s being preliminarily done across the state at all airports and decommissioned airports just to get a handle on the extent of potential PFAS contamination associated with those types of sites.”   

Around 50 wells are being tested. Results are expected in a couple of weeks.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.