State Rep. Sue Allor is calling for further action by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Legislature after the DNR made public the results of a study measuring PFAS levels in the deer population near the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base.
“I am deeply troubled by the DNR’s finding and urge the state to redouble its efforts to keep people safe and protect our natural resources,” Allor said. “We must continue to work toward solutions to contain PFAS and safeguard Michiganders’ drinking water and food source. I thank the DNR for their important work on this issue.”
Allor, chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources, took the lead on securing funding for the DNR to conduct this health study on the impact of PFAS.
“Ensuring the health and safety of the citizens of my district is my top priority, and I will continue to work tirelessly with our partners in state government toward solutions,” Allor continued.
The DNR and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued a “Do Not Eat” advisory after a deer taken within five miles of Clark’s Marsh in Oscoda Township was found to have high levels of PFAS, a group of chemicals hazardous to human health, in its muscle (map of the advisory area). The study included a total of 20 deer from around the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base, known to be contaminated with high levels of PFAS. PFAS was either not found or at low levels in the muscle samples taken from the other 19 deer.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality also issued its second violation notice to the U.S. Air Force, ordering the Air Force to increase pumping and treatment of the contaminated groundwater at the former Wurtsmith base.
“It’s time for the federal government to step up to the plate and do their part to clean up the mess they’ve left behind that continues to pollute our drinking water supply and wildlife,” Allor said.
If you have health related questions please contact MDHHS at 1-800-648-6942. Hunters can contact the MDNR at 517-284-6057 or DNR-CustomerService@michigan.gov for information about deer tags that were used in this region. The DNR plans to conduct additional testing on deer in the affected area.