Resident wants groundwater testing after PFAS found at airport

FLINT TWP. — Gerald Roberts wants someone to test his well, and others in the township, located near Bishop Airport after it was reported last week elevated levels of PFAS have been discovered in groundwater on airport property.

Roberts, who lives in nearby Lindenwood Farms, said he remembers a corner of the airport property was used in the 1960s as a dump and he said he complained at that time because of fears contamination would seep into groundwater.

The state announced it had added Bishop Airport to a list of sites requiring further investigation after the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality collected six groundwater samples from monitoring wells on airport property.

Results showed levels of polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as high as 1,236 parts per trillion total, according to a state PFAS Web site.

The same testing showed the highest level of PFOS and PFOA at 176 ppt.

Chemicals that are part of the PFAS group include:perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA); perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS); perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA); perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS); and perfluordecanoic acid (PFDeA).

Roberts said he is concerned as a resident with a well who lives near the airport and asked that the township do something regarding testing.

Supervisor Karyn Miller said she knows Bishop Airport and the DEQ are aware of the groundwater contamination concerns but said the DEQ has not been in direct contact yet with the township.

She said State Rep. John Cherry is getting involved and she said she anticipates more information coming forward soon through his office.

“Mr. Roberts wants his water tested,” said Miller. “We’ll find out when that can be done.

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