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March 26, 2021 — MPART representatives from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and the Western UP Health Department (WUPHD) will host a virtual community meeting on Tuesday, April 6, at 6:00 p.m. Central Time. The purpose of the meeting is to update local residents on a PFAS investigation being conducted at Gogebic County Airport and proposed residential well sampling.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are manmade chemicals that are resistant to heat, water, and oil. PFAS was historically used at the airport in fire-fighting foams as was required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). PFAS can get into drinking water when products containing them are used or spilled onto the ground. The purpose of the proposed residential well sampling is to determine if any wells have been impacted.

The April 6 meeting is an online event.  To view or participate in the online meeting, visit Michigan.gov/PFASResponse and click on the Public Meetings button, then select the Gogebic County Airport Virtual Town Hall Meeting link found on the calendar. After the presentation, there will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions online.

Individuals without internet access can listen to the meeting by calling this toll-free number, 636-651-3142, and entering the access code, 374288#.

The meeting will be recorded and posted within a few days on the PFAS Response website under Investigations, PFAS Sites; Gogebic County, Gogebic County Airport. 

For information on PFAS, visit https://www.michigan.gov/pfasresponse/

For questions about the investigation or for a copy of the presentation materials, contact Michael Jury, EGLE, at JURYM1@michigan.gov or (517) 242-9578. For questions related to PFAS and health, contact Rosa Jaiman, MDHHS ,at JaimanR@michigan.gov, or call 517-331-1049 or 800-648-6942 and ask for Rosa Jaiman.

Access to the April 6th Public Meeting:  https://www.michigan.gov/pfasresponse/0,9038,7-365-86513_96293—,00.html