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Disturbing photos of PFAS contamination continue to surface at Van Etten Lake

(Photo Courtesy/Mike Clemons) Evidence of PFAS contamination on the shores of Van Etten Lake in Oscoda.

Oscoda Township — Photographs of a foamy-like substance around Van Etten Lake are continuing to make their way to social media, showcasing more evidence of PFAS contamination.

A few photos taken by Michael Clemons were posted in the public Facebook Group ‘Need Our Water.’ These photos showed a foamy substance on the shores and surrounding areas of Van Etten, off of Loud Dr.

The toxic groupings are a result of firefighting foams used at the Wurtsmith Air Force Base. Concerned citizens across the country gathered in Washington D.C. to voice their concerns over this cancer causing problem on Wednesday, including a few members of NOW. A senate committee held a hearing with the Environmental Protection Agency and people dealing with the results of PFAS contamination. Citizens and lawmakers like Michigan’s Senator Gary Peters discussed the difficulties, health problems, dropping of real estate prices, and immediate actions to address the problem.

In the hearing on Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency showed no signs of reducing the current health advisory set at 70 Parts-Per-Trillion. PFOS testing in the surrounding area in Oscoda has capped out at 254 Parts-Per-Trillion.