Michigan combat center tests positive for contamination

Marine Corps Sgt. Landon A. Cheek, a UH-1Y Huey crew chief, looks out while on a training mission near the Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., on Aug. 4, 2017. Alpena is the third military installation in Michigan to test positive for contaminated groundwater.


By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: October 13, 2017

ALPENA, Mich. — A combat center in northern Michigan has become the third military installation in the state to test positive for contaminated groundwater.

Capt. Brian Blumline says preliminary results came in this week for tests conducted at five locations at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center earlier this year. He says all the sites showed elevated levels of perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctyl sulfonate.

The contaminants are from fire-fighting foam that used to be involved in training at the base.

Blumline urges the public to attend an informational meeting at the base next week. He says state environmental and health agencies will provide updates on what steps will be taken moving forward.

Contamination has been found at Camp Grayling and the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Michigan.

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