Tests pending for local water

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services have detected an unsafe level of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid in the discharge from the Bronson Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The level detected was more than 10 times the allowable level. The discharge from the plant flows into Swan Creek.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has taken fish and surface water has been collected for testing from Swan Creek, Long Lake, Palmer Lake in Colon Township, and the St. Joseph River downstream of Sturgeon Lake, also in Colon Township.

Test results are pending.

Residents are advised that recreational activities such as swimming and boating are not considered to be a health concern. Until testing results have been completed from the fish, the Michigan Eat Safe Fish guidelines are in effect.

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