District’s Environmental Health Director Addresses Oscoda Water Contamination Concerns
District’s Environmental Health Director Addresses Oscoda Water Contamination Concerns.
We got some answers on the Oscoda water contamination issue from District Health Department #2’s Environmental Health Director.
On April 25th, a town hall meeting was held in Oscoda to continue the conversation, and catch up those of us who didn’t have all the details.
The contaminants, called perfluorinated chemicals, or PFA’s, were accidentally leaked into groundwater by the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base.
Environmental Health Director Chuck Lichon says while they are still trying to understand the issue completely, they are working closely with residents to make sure they have access to safe drinking water.
Or they can get a water cooler.
This is not just a local issue, however.
The air force is currently working with PFA leakages in cities across the nation.
And 38 of the 40 also have issues with these Perfluorinated chemicals or PFA’s, into the groundwater,” Lichon says.
We’ll unveil the history that led to the leaks in the first place, learn about the different organizations involved and what they’re doing to combat the problem locally, and hear how the Air Force is responding to the national threat.