The Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin Phosphorus Reduction Initiative is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and public, private and nonprofit organizations. It targets a watershed that includes portions of Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.
The Detroit Free Press reports the chemicals at issue are perfluorinated chemicals, a legacy of firefighting foam that was used extensively at the base in training and fire suppression starting in the 1970s.
Department of Environmental Quality Director Heidi Grether tells The Associated Press that shoreline monitoring and analysis of satellite imagery have shown that the western Lake Erie basin is failing to meet Michigan's water quality standards.
Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel sued last month, saying the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality illegally enacted a rule in June that calls for the company to submit a plan for meeting sulfur dioxide compliance standards.
Utilities serving Kent County's Plainfield Township, near Grand Rapids, and the city of Ann Arbor reported perfluorooctane sulfonate, known as PFOS, and perfluorooctanoic acid, known as PFOA, in raw and treated water.
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