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Residents urged to avoid foam on Van Etten & Cedar lakes due to higher PFAS levels

Submitted by on July 2, 2020 – 12:30 amNo Comment

Health officials are urging residents in two northeast Michigan counties to avoid foam floating in lakes due to elevated levels of PFAS.

Recent foam samplings show PFAS levels on Van Etten Lake in Iosco County and Cedar Lake in Alcona County are higher than previous studies conducted in 2018 and 2019.

Higher levels on Van Etten Lake could be due to the lake’s proximity to the former Wurtsmith Air Force base, which is a source of PFAS in the area. The avoid foam advisory, already in place for Van Etten Lake, remains in place and parents should be especially careful to protect small children.

Results show higher levels of PFAS on Cedar Lake compared to tests conducted in December 2018. The data is still being studied and health officials do not know the source of the contamination.

For health questions related to PFAS and foam contact the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services at 800-648-6942. More information about PFAS and foam can be found on the state of Michigan’s website.