PFAS not found in drinking water

Posted at 9:17 AM, Aug 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-10 09:17:40-04

There’s a status update on a dangerous chemical that can pose a threat to the quality of drinking water.

It's called PFAS, a toxic firefighting chemical that's been discovered at former GM plants in Lansing and Lansing Township.

Racer Trust owns the property and held a public meeting at Sexton High School.

FOX 47's Cryss Walker was there.

Representatives from Racer Trust say while environmental procedures are not complete, the drinking water is safe.

“The investigation that we've done on this site shows that this site is not affecting the drinking water for Lansing or Lansing Township”, said Grant Trigger, Racer Trust Michigan clean-up manager.

Thursday night Racer Trust provided an environmental status update for PFAS testing results to residents who live near the former General Motors Plants 2, 3, and 6.

“PFAS was also used in plating operation, so if you're putting chrome plating on a bumper, those type of operation they used PFAS related substances in that process”, Trigger continued.

Clean-up managers from Racer Trust say there are potential health threats associated with PFAS if the chemical contaminates the water supply.

“At this point we're still trying to evaluate the extent of the impacts at the site and understand that and once we know that we can start focusing in on different technologies or approaches to clean it up”, said Deputy Clean-Up Manager Dave Favero.

Favero says although PFAS has not been detected in the drinking water, test results show it has been found in shallow ground water at former Plants 2, 3 and 6, now known as Racer Trust Lansing Industrial Land.

“Nobody's drinking it on our property where it's contaminated so that's key”, Favero explained.

Experts also say exposure to PFAS can cause liver and development issues.