Stamas invites residents to Alpena town hall meeting on drinking water well testing

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Jim Stamas and Rep. Sue Allor will be attending a town hall meeting on Thursday at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC) regarding recent drinking water well testing.

Last fall, the CRTC became the third military base in Michigan to test positive for perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in the groundwater.

“The safety of our drinking water is critically important to all Michigan families,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “All area residents are invited to attend this town hall meeting, where officials from multiple agencies will be on hand to present the latest information and answer questions.”

The meeting will take place at the CRTC’s Collins Center Building, located at 5884 A St. in Alpena. There will be an informational open house beginning at 4:30 p.m. with the town hall program following at 6 p.m.

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

“Thankfully, it appears that the preliminary results from most of the wells tested outside of the training center are below federal levels,” Stamas said. “While this is promising and potentially great news for area families, I encourage residents to come out to the town hall meeting to get the most up-to-date information.”

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

“I want to thank state and federal officials for setting up this public town hall,” Stamas said. “As we work to provide long-term solutions, we must first ensure we are doing as much as possible to keep affected residents informed and give them options for safe and clean water.”