A public meeting will be held on July 30th following the Michigan DEQ identifying unsafe levels of perfluorinated chemicals in two private drinking wells near the Air National Guard base in Battle Creek. The department began testing drinking water wells in April. Of the 61 wells tested, results for 29 of the collected samples are in.

Besides the two private wells found to have unsafe levels of PFAS, 11 other wells were found to have PFAS, but levels did not exceed the EPA’s standard of 70 parts-per-trillion for unsafe levels.

The public meeting will take place at the Burma Center, 765 Upton Ave. in Springfield. An open house is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. with a presentation on the results beginning at 6:30 p.m.

PFAS have been linked to numerous health issues, including cancer. PFAS were used in a variety of products such as firefighting foam, non-stick cookware and Scotchgard.