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Public meeting held over PFAS concerns in Portage

Posted at 9:04 PM, Feb 13, 2020

City officials in Portage are urging calm after tests on roughly 20 residential wells for dangerous PFAS chemicals all came back safe.

Testing on the wells began a month ago, and about five months after PFAS were found on the site of an old city landfill on the current site of South Westnedge Park.

The fear was that the cancer-causing chemicals had spread to the nearby residential wells. All residential wells within a one-mile radius of the old landfill site were tested. Only one showed measurable levels on PFAS, testing at 17 parts-per-trillion. The federal safety standard is 70 parts-per-trillion.

Portage city officials have no reason to believe the PFAS contaminated any nearby bodies of water, including West Lake, or local wildlife.

The city voluntarily switched those 20-plus residential wells involved in the testing over to city water as a precaution.

They said more testing will come in the future.

Click here to view the results.

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