Local news produced by our reporters here at WMUK

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo County voters overwhelmingly approved a property tax Tuesday that will help pay for services for older adults.

Parchment PFAS Town Hall Draws Big Crowd

Aug 1, 2018
Greyson Steele / WMUK

There was a full house at Haven Reformed Church Tuesday night as state and local officials held a town hall meeting on PFAS contamination in Parchment. Last Thursday, PFAS levels in the city’s water system were found to be more than 20 times above the 70 parts-per-trillion threshhold set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The group of chemicals has been linked to some kinds of cancer and other diseases.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

A handful of wells in the City of Kalamazoo’s municipal water system have detectable levels of chemicals in the PFAS family, but none of those sources comes close to the federal recommended limit, according to the Department of Environmental Quality, and the city says the water is safe to drink.

Tests showed that a few wells contained PFASs for which the Environmental Protection Agency has not set a recommended limit.

Tom Arthur/Wikicommons

(MPRN) The Michigan primary is fast approaching. Democrats and Republicans will head to the polls on August 7th to decide who they want to represent their party in the November governor’s race. Three democratic candidates hope they’ll be chosen, and money – and the television ads it buys – has played an interesting role in the Democratic race so far. 

Water being distributed in Parchment - file photo
Gordon Evans / WMUK

A town hall and open house on PFAS contamination in Parchment’s water system is being held Tuesday night.