Wurtsmith Contamination Updates:
PLEASE NOTE: On August 3, 2018, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) notified District Health Department No. 2 (DHD2) that the NSF Certified AquaSana water filtration system is the only alternate water option available to residents at this time. For some residents, the long-term remedy of municipal hook-up assistance may be an option. For residents that have an in-home water cooler, once the initial allotment of funds has depleted, the homeowner can next choose to have an in home filtration system installed.
Testing Request Information:
If you live in the designated area and would like to be considered for free water testing, please fill out and send this email form.
November 8, 2019 – The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has informed DHD2 that a monitoring well (water is not consumed) on the south side of Oscoda in AuSable Township has tested higher than the 70ppt lifetime health advisory for PFOS and PFOA and total PFAS. EGLE will begin working to determine if any residential wells in the area are in need of testing.
October 24, 2019 – There will be an Environmental Rules Review Committee meeting on Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Lansing. Click here to view the fill agenda. Click here to view the full rules package.
September 20, 2019 – Beginning September 30, 2019, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Drinking Water Lab will begin testing for PFAS in drinking water. Click to view the full announcement.
September 13, 2019 – Click to view the number of Alternate Water Supply Units Installed to September 4, 2019
June 27, 2019 – Town Hall Meeting: The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy will be hosting a town hall meeting on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 regarding the Former Wurtsmith Air Force Base and Surrounding Area. The meeting will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 5300 US 23 in Oscoda and will have an open house from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. and a formal meeting from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to update and discuss planned summer activities related to the environmental response. The meeting will be live streamed using the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inprg-pLgb8.
June 6, 2019 – Click to view the total number of Alternate Water Supply Units Installed to June 5, 2019.
May 24, 2019 – Click to view a PFAS Foam Fact Sheet.
May 22, 2019 – Click to view the “Van Etten Lake Water and Foam Letter Health Consultation”.
May 6, 2019 – The next PFAS Town Hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Click to view the meeting flyer. The meeting will be live streamed using the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jd7CZ1szrQ.
April 23, 2019 – Click to view the PFAS Resolution.
April 18, 2019 – Senator Peters Announces Air Force Official to Visit Iosco County on April 24, 2019. Click here to view the full press release
April 9, 2019 – “Congressman Kildee urges Congress to more robustly fund PFAS chemical contamination cleanup”. Click here to view the full press release.
March 26, 2019- Click to view the “Gov. Whitmer Directs MDEQ To File a Request for Rulemaking to Establish PFAS Drinking Water Standards” press release.
March 12, 2019 – Click to view the total of Alternate Water Supply Units Installed to March 12, 2019.
February 25, 2019 – Click to view the “Michigan Completes the First Statewide Study of PFAS in Water Supply” press release.
January 24, 2019 – Click to view the “Michigan Finalizes PFAS Deer Testing Report, Recommendations Remain the Same” press release.
December 19, 2018 – Click to view “Scientific Evidence and Recommendations for Managing PFAS Contamination in Michigan”
Other PFAS Web Pages:
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
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 email@example.com. 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