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Chris Bush, toxicologist with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, was among the speakers to address the audience on Nov. 1 at the first official meeting of the Wurtsmith Restoration Advisory Board.

Jenny Haglund

OSCODA – A myriad of topics were addressed during the first official meeting of the Wurtsmith Restoration Advisory Board (RAB), which was held on Nov. 1 and lasted nearly three hours.

Members gathered to hear updates on the contamination issues related to the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base (WAFB) and the impact being made by perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) chemicals.

RAB member and Oscoda Township Trustee Timothy Cummings raised one of the first concerns, asking whether there would be discussion about a meeting from earlier that day, which took place between township representatives, members of the Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport Authority (OWAA) and the U.S. Air Force (USAF).

“Yes, we did have a meeting this morning with OWAA and the township on the siting of the GAC [granular activated carbon] treatment facility,” said Matt Marrs of the USAF Civil Engineer Center, who serves as Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) environmental coordinator for the Oscoda installation.

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