New Michigan Water Worry Emerges Near Former Air Base

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A line of B-52’s and tankers on the runway of the Wurtsmith Air Force Base which closed in 1993. The Wurtsmith Air Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history of Wurtsmith air Force Base and avaiation in Michigan. (Photo Credit: Alan Kamuda, Detroit Free Press)

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On a base near Oscoda, Michigan, the Air Force used firefighting foam that included perfluorinated chemicals, also known as PFCs. PFCs are contaminants of concern. This means they are harmful but little is known about them and they are not regulated. After the Air Force decommissioned the base, it started monitoring water contamination. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality separately started monitoring the local water, found PFCs in the groundwater, and urged the Air Force to monitor local wells and to provide water to local residents. Read more here:

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