GVSU Pew campus not impacted by Viant pollution

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — People who spend time at Grand Valley State University’s Pew Grand Rapids Campus don’t face a cancer risk from nearby air pollution, according to results from tests conducted last month.

GVSU hired an independent company to test indoor air quality at main campus buildings after the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality found the surrounding neighborhood faces the highest cancer risk caused by air pollution in the entire state.

Nearby Viant Medical has been identified as the cause of the pollution. The state previously told 24 Hour News 8 the risk only pertains to long-term exposure, like facility workers.

The GVSU test results were discussed at a meeting Friday. 

The university said results were very low, either below or just above the detection limit in an update posted to the school’s website. Initial samples were taken in February and verified by additional testing March 16.

The MDEQ continues to investigate the pollution through air sample testing. The agency is also reviewing a cancer database.

Since the state got involved in January, Viant stopped using the carcinogen, ethylene oxide. In a letter to residents in the area, the company said it remained committed to working closely with the MDEQ to test and monitor air quality at the plant. 

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