PFOS tests lead to ‘do not eat’ advisory in Kent County

Toxic Tap Water

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Kent County and state officials are urging residents to avoid eating fish caught in several ponds that tested positive for the likely carcinogen, PFOS.

Health officials issued an emergency “do not eat” advisory Friday for fish caught from ponds near the Boulder Creek development at 4300 Cannonsburg Road in Belmont. That location is a former dump site for Wolverine Worldwide. 

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The agencies say surface water samples collected on May 30 from ponds near the neighborhood showed levels well above the Environmental Protection Agency’s limit for PFOS, which is 70 parts per trillion. The highest PFOS concentration was 2,760 ppt; samples from the two other ponds had 1,830 ppt of PFOS and 858 ppt, respectively.

Health officials say based on the tests, it’s reasonable to expect the fish living in these ponds may also have elevated levels of PFOS.

However, touching the fish or the tainted water is not considered a health risk because PFOS does not move easily through skin.

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