A tentative agreement announced this week, that is to provide relief for residents affected by PFAS contamination in northern Kent County, could eventually be the model for other settlements in the Kalamazoo and Calhoun County areas.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says Monday that they have established a “mutual agreement” with Georgia-Pacific to investigate sites that were believed to have contributed to Per and Polyfleuroalkyl Substances being discovered in Parchment’s city water system.
While the cause of these high levels isn’t yet confirmed, DEQ spokespeople say that there is a “correlation” between the PFOS and the use of firefighting foams at the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality confirmed Thursday that extremely high levels of PFAS have been confirmed in a landfill that was formerly used by the paper mill that operated in Parchment for decades.
While the paper mill has not officially been linked to the water contamination of PFAS that has affected over 3,100 residents in the area, most believe it is only a matter of time before it is confirmed.