No PFAS here

    PAW PAW - The Village of Paw Paw last week received PFAS test results for its primary wells from samples taken August 7, 2018, by the State of Michigan, according to Village Manager Sarah Moyer-Cale.  The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality report stated PFAS was not detected in these samples.
    Lawrence, Lawton and Mattawan village councils also announced this week during their meetings that they had been informed by the DEQ that their village water supply systems contained no PFAS contamination.    
    The state began testing this year the wells of villages with populations under 10,000, at no cost to the municipalities. The Michigan PFAS Action Re-sponse Team (MPART) is looking for the sources and locations of PFAS contamination in Michigan. Ten state departments, in coordination with local and federal officials, are involved in the project.
    “One vital piece of this effort is the ongoing collaboration be-tween the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and our water supply partners,” stated Lois Elliott Graham, R.S., M.SA, of the Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance Division, in her letter to Moyer-Cale. “Once complete, this study will be an invaluable tool in determining the extent of PFAS in Michigan’s drinking water, and empowering the MPART in the pursuit of their mission.”
    Paw Paw’s wells 6 and 8 were sampled as the primary source of drinking water for the village. The analysis of these samples reported less than 10 parts per trillion (ppt) for perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), “well below the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) Lifetime Health Advisory (LHA) of 70 ppt and are not expected to result in adverse health effects as long as the concentrations are shown to remain below the LHA over time,” according to the report.
    The MDEQ report recommended the village continue monitoring for PFAS on an annual basis to demonstrate the concentrations are consistently and reliably below any existing LHA, and keep village consumers informed.
    Questions or concerns regarding testing and/or treatment of PFAS may be directed to the health department, or the MDEQ Environmental Assistance Center at 1-800-662-9278.
    For information on PFAS including possible health outcomes, these websites are suggested:

     •State of Michigan PFAS Action Response Team webpage serving as the main resource for public information on PFAS contamination in Michigan:     

       •United States Environmental Protection Agency webpage in-cluding basic information USEPA actions, and links to informational resources:
    •Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry webpage including health information, ex-posure, and links to additional resources:

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