Army National Guard Discusses How to Reconnect Grayling Homeowners to Clean Water after P-FAS Contamination from Camp Grayling

The Army National Guard is fighting a new battle in and around Camp Grayling: P-FAS contamination.

Last year, the state office formerly known at the Department of Environmental Quality detected the toxic manmade chemical in and around water supplies at the base.

P-FAS is a common ingredient in a variety of household products including adhesives, waterproof clothing and non-stick cookware. The chemical is also used in firefighting foams commonly used at military bases.

The foam seeped into the ground at Camp Grayling, infecting water supplies. The DEQ tested 600 nearby homes. More than 445 homes had no detectable P-FAS while 215 homes had PFAS within 70 parts-per-trillion, a limit deemed safe by the Environmental Protection Agency.

But 17 homes tested positive for dangerous levels of PFAS and now rely on alternative drinking water sources.

“Out of abundance of caution, there are 385 of our residents that are on filtered water,” said Grayling Township supervisor Lacey Stephan.

The Army National Guard met with residents Tuesday night to figure out a solution to remediate their water supplies from the poisonous compound.

There are three options on the table:

  • Connect affected residents to the Grayling municipal water supplies
  • Install deep, residential wells on-site
  • Build a new water supply and distribution center in Grayling Township to serve affected homes

The projects range in prices between $2 to $5.5 million and the Army National Guard Bureau will foot the bill.

“Ideally, it would be nice if there was a one-size-fits-all solution for it but that’s not reality so we know there will be a phased-in approach to addressing it,” said District 10 Health Department officer Kevin Hughes.

The Army National Guard listened to comments from Tuesday’s meeting and will use them to make a final decision on the solution by September.