PFAS investigation at former K.I. Sawyer Air Force Based discussed at public meeting

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KI SAWYER– Today was the 2018 Restoration Advisory Board Meeting regarding the former K.I. Sawyer Air Force. One of the items on the agenda included a PFAS investigation at the base.

“We started since 2015.We did the two fire training areas first,” said Kay Grosinske, Air Force Civil Engineer Center. “Then we did a desktop exercise where we identified 15 more potential areas. We’ve done an investigation those areas and we are now concentrating on drinking water pathways and drinking water wells.”

The Air Force Civil Engineer Center shared those results with the public at today’s meeting.

“We found exactly one private drinking water well at a camp that had values slightly higher above the HA which is also now th Michigan regulation,” said Grosinske.

Moving forward, an expanded site inspection will take place.

“Just awarded a new contract,” said Grosinske. “We’re doing more work to figure out the path that the new fire training area of concern and somehow it’s getting from the new fire training area to particular residences and nowhere else that we can figure. So we are continuing to do it in three stages.”

A similar meeting will be held in the Spring. 

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