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Officials monitor chemical levels in Menominee, Marinette drinking water

MENOMINEE, MI— Federal and state agencies at the Menominee industrial fire are studying the levels of toxic chemicals in drinking water.

PFAS are called “forever chemicals” because they don’t break down easily. High levels in the body can be harmful.

They were released into the Menominee River when the warehouse caught fire on October 7th. The EPA says test results from treated drinking water samples collected on October 11th and 12th showed higher levels of some types of PFAS in the water than previously seen in past sampling, indicating an impact from the fire. But they say all levels of PFAS compounds detected in treated drinking water remain below any Michigan or Wisconsin maximum contaminant level or health-based standard.

Officials say area residents may continue to drink and use their water as usual.

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.