In a development that is strikingly similar to the initial test expansion in Kent County, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has announced the scope of PFAS testing in Richland Township would be increasing to include 55 residential wells.
The new expanded area includes an additional 26 residential wells, nearly double the amount of wells initially scheduled for testing.
Residents inside of the expanded testing area will receive a letter in the mail announcing that the MDEQ plans to test their well for PFAS, as well as the date the water will be sampled. Door hangers with a phone number will be left if residents are not home on the day the test is scheduled.
If tested, residents will be notified of the results by the Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department. Based on the individual results of each test, instructions on the next steps may be included with the test results. Residents may still use their private well water during this time, and test results are expected to be received within one month of the date the sample is collected.
"The MDEQ is expanding the investigation area to understand better the direction of flow of the PFAS that was found in earlier tests within the initial investigation area," Jim Rutherford, Health Officer for the Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department, said. "The only way we can be sure that PFAS is not impacting your private water well supply, if you are within the expanded investigation area in Richland Township, is to sample it."
As we reported last month, the PFAS contamination investigation in Richland Township began in June after health officials discovered PFOS levels of 9,640 parts-per-trillion at the former Production Plated Plastics site near 34th Street and D Avenue. The initial investigation area included 29 residential wells.