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.
It has been more than two weeks since residents and city officials were told the City of Parchment water and some wells in Cooper Township were contaminated with PFAS. Testing on surface water for the Kalamazoo River took place this week.
At the meeting, environmental and health officials said that further testing was being conducted on residential water wells near the base, after two homes north of the base were found to have PFAS levels above the EPA health advisory level.
Emmett Township Fire Water Rescue were called Sunday prior to 8 p.m. to Historic Bridge Park in Calhoun County to rescue 5 individuals in the Kalamazoo River said to be clinging to tree branches, one with a head injury.
Shortly after 9pm Saturday, first responders got a call from a man who said that kayaks holding him, another adult male, and two children tipped over into the water, and that he couldn’t see the others.