Wurtsmith Activities

October 16, 2017 – Please Note: Area residents are invited to attend a town hall meeting concerning the Alpena CRTC ground water testing. Multiple agencies will be on hand to present the latest information and answer any questions. Five (5) test wells in Alpena, Michigan at the Michigan National Guard Base have tested positive for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS. At this time, no residential drinking water wells near the Base have been tested, however, plans for testing a nearby lake and river are being developed. The town hall meeting will be held at the Alpena Training Center: Collins Center, 5884 A Street in Alpena.  There will be an informational open house beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the town hall program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

EXPANDED AREA:

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services have expanded the area in which properties with groundwater wells affected by the PFC’s from the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base are eligible to receive an alternate water supply. (either a reverse osmosis filtration system or an in-home water cooler). The expanded area includes properties between Van Ettan Lake and Lake Huron, from the F-41/US-23 split, north to Chippewa Road.  If you are a property owner in this area with a well, please call DHD2 at 989-343-1852 to begin the process of obtaining an alternate water source.

Oscoda Township PFCs Contamination in Specifically Tested Groundwater Wells

  • Oscoda Township Municipal water is safe to drink and cook with according to The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).
  • The advisory to seek an alternate water supply applies to homes and businesses surrounding the former Air Base whose drinking water wells have tested positive for PFC contamination.
  • Residents affected by the Health Advisory (Specifically those who had well water testing and laboratory results from MDEQ) may contact the Iosco Branch of District Health Department No. 2 for information on available resources to access municipal drinking water.  Please call 989-362-6183 Ext. 1506.

Senate Bill 950
Recently, Governor Snyder signed Senate Bill 950 which was introduced by Senator Stamas. To read the bill in full, click here.

Responses to Community Concerns

To view the “Perfluorinated Chemicals in Drinking Water Wells in Oscoda Township: Responses to Community Concerns as of June 6, 2016″ document, click here.

Correspondence

To view the letter regarding the re-establishment of the Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) at the Former Wurtsmith Air Force Base, click here.

To view the letter from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding the Former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, click here.

To view the letter from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services regarding Reverse Osmosis System effectiveness, click here.

Press Releases:

June 8th Filter Press Release

June 14th Community Meeting Press Release

Updates:

September 16, 2016

FILTER REPLACEMENT – District Health Department No. 2 is inquiring with the State as to whether funds will be made available for the purchase of replacement filters for the reverse osmosis systems provided by the State.  An answer on this will be forthcoming.

April 6, 2016

United States Representative Dan Kildee was in town for an update regarding the situation concerning PFC’s in certain groundwater drinking wells surrounding the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base.  Emphasis for action at the federal level to remediate the situation was discussed at length during the meeting.

April 6, 2016

On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, District Health Department No. 2 learned the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) will conduct further testing for PFC’s in well groundwater around Van Ettan Lake.  The MDEQ will also collect samples on the Former Wurtsmith Air Force Base and results will be available in two (2) weeks.

April 1, 2016

District Health Department No. 2 has made several efforts to notify all homes affected by the Health Advisory related to PFC’s in well groundwater regarding the Water Access Voucher System.  If you have had your well water tested by MDEQ and are one of the homes affected by the advisory and need information on the Vouchers, where to obtain water, and a free water jug, please call DHD2 at 1-989-362-6183 for more information.

March 28, 2016

District Health Department No. 2 in coordination with Oscoda Township has developed a Water Access Voucher System for homes affected by the Health Advisory related to PFC’s in well groundwater. The system allows affected homes to obtain a voucher which provides access to a water filling location and one 5-gallon water jug.  For more information regarding the vouchers, please call 1-989-362-6183.

March 28, 2016

Donations of bottled water have been received in the Tawas Office of District Health Department No. 2 and is available for homes who have been affected by the Health Advisory related to PFC’s in well groundwater.  Bottled water can be picked up at the Tawas Office of  DHD2 located at 420 W. Lake Street, Tawas City.  Residents will need to have their water access voucher to receive the water and at this time, it is limited to one (1) case per address.  A sincere Thank You to the citizens as well as the Oscoda Rotary for their generous donations.

*If you are interested in making a bottled water donation for the homes affected by the health advisory, please call DHD2 at 1-989-343-1852 to make arrangements*

The Advisory below was provided to specific residents whose well water results detected PFC contamination.  The testing was conducted by the Department of Defense and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Health Advisory:    

February 26, 2016

RE: PFC’s Detected in Ground Water

Dear Homeowner,

As a precautionary measure, District Health Department No. 2 is issuing a Health Advisory to specific residents who received recent water test results from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). Based on the results detecting PFC’s in your well groundwater, and the limited scientific data available on PFC’s, District Health Department No. 2 is advising you to seek an alternate water supply for drinking and the preparation of food.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and District Health Department No. 2 advise as a precautionary measure that residents do not consume the water in any way.

If you have questions regarding this advisory, please contact Christina Bush, MDHHS Toxicologist at 1-800-648-6942 or via email at bushc6@michigan.gov.  You may also contact District Health Department No. 2 at 1-800-504-2650.

This advisory is issued by:

Denise M. Bryan, M. P. A.

Health Officer

District Health Department No. 2