A community meeting for Kent County residents will be held at Northview High School on November 27 to discuss participation in a study which will evaluate PFAS exposure.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Kent County Health Department (KCHD) will begin recruiting participants for the North Kent County PFAS Exposure Assessment at the meeting at Northview High School in Grand Rapids. They will explain the study and answer questions. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and presentations begin at 6:30 p.m.

The PFAS Exposure Assessment will evaluate the relationship between drinking water with PFAS and the levels in the body. The assessment will include collecting people’s blood for PFAS testing and information on their activities that could result in PFAS exposure.

Kent County was chosen for the assessment because no other area in Michigan has as many wells exceeding the advisory level nor are any test results as high.

Households will be chosen from those that have a drinking water well located within the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) North Kent County environmental investigation area and whose drinking water well has been tested by the DEQ or by Wolverine Worldwide’s contractor and found to have PFAS.

Not all residents who had PFAS found in their water will be selected to participate.