Pellston Community Members, State Officials Hold Meeting After Rise in PFAS Levels

People in Pellston came together last night looking for answers after PFAS were found in the drinking water.

High school students actually played a big role in bringing attention to the high PFAS levels.

Elizabeth Slater, a high school student in Pellston says, “We volunteer to make test kits to test water for PFAS and a couple of us went around and tested local water wells.”

Jaden Booth and Elizabeth Slater are Pellston High School students who decided to volunteer with Freshwater Future.

“There are so many things that PFAS is in. It’s in fire retardant, Teflon products, nonstick pans like that,” says Booth.

When these students went out testing Pellston’s water they noticed the prevalence of PFAS.

Booth says, “There were some pretty high numbers. And that’s not good because PFAS is a dangerous substance. So it was kind of wild to see that.”

EGLE and other agencies took time speak to the Pellston community tonight about an even newer detection of PFAS in drinking water.

Steve Sliver, executive director of MPART says, “We’ve got one homeowner who initiated some testing and we’ve gone out and verified that by doing some testing ourselves. We found concentrations of PFAS in the private residential well.”

EGLE says that their first priority is to inform the public.

“That’s why we’re here tonight. Because we found something that needs to be investigated,” said Sliver.

EGLE says their next step is conducting further tests.

And the Health Department is still waiting on lab results to confirm the levels.

But the Pellston students that have been following this issue are hoping EGLE can come up with a permanent solution.

Slater says, “I want to see what changes like the community will take and if we can get filters for people and what they can do to stay healthy.”

EGLE says results for the tests should be a back in four to five weeks.