Stamas attends meeting on contaminated water found at Alpena training center

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Jim Stamas on Wednesday attended a public meeting at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center concerning contaminated groundwater found at the center.

The Alpena center recently became the third military base in Michigan to test positive for perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in the groundwater.

“Water safety is critically important to all Michigan families,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “We had a large turnout from area residents at the meeting, where state environmental and health agency officials and military officials informed everyone about the contamination problem and answered their questions.”

As with the earlier issue near the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base, the Alpena contamination was caused by chemicals in a firefighting material used many years ago.

“Unfortunately, many bases and airports used this same firefighting material, so Alpena probably won’t be the last location that will face this contamination issue,” Stamas said. “We must find the best way to deal with the short- and long-term impacts of these contaminations. In the meantime, we will do everything we can to make sure affected residents are aware of the problem and give them options for a safe and clean alternate water supply.”

Residents can visit or call 1-800-662-9278 for more information.

“I want to thank officials from Alpena Township and the city of Alpena for promptly setting up safe water stations and the district health department and local businesses for providing clean containers for the water,” Stamas said. “I also want to thank Colonel Roberts and all our troops for their support and their efforts on this issue. We will continue to take proactive steps to support affected residents and those working to provide solutions.”