PARCHMENT, MI, Oct. 5, 2018 (Mlive.com) -Georgia-Pacific representatives said paper products created in Parchment until 2015 was known to contain PFAS, but the company is not currently linked to contamination of municipal groundwater there.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is working with the company to determine the source of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, found in Parchment's water supply and private wells in Cooper Township. Georgia-Pacific operated a plant in Parchment from 2000-15 after purchasing the facility from a manufacturer known to use PFAS in Parchment.
Spokesperson Karen Cole said the company contacted MDEQ on Sept. 7 after learning about contamination in Parchment through media reports. Georgia-Pacific volunteered to expand testing, install new monitoring wells and assist the state in conducting a hydrogeological study.
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