Public Health Assessment Results for Wester Upper Peninsula

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Great Lakes Radio News UpdateMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)The Michigan Department of Community Health has finalized two Public Health Assessment reports for the Torch Lake Superfund site and surrounding areas in the Western Upper Peninsula, specifically Houghton and Keweenaw counties.

One report concludes that many physical hazards are present at places where former copper mining activities occurred. Heath officials recommend that in order to make public safety a top priority, access to these places should be restricted or the hazards should be removed.

The other report found that municipal water is safe and meets applicable standards and regulations but there is not enough information on possible chemical levels in private wells. Health officials say groundwater quality is highly variable in the Western Upper Peninsula and some groundwater sources may have unhealthy levels of unrelated chemicals, such as fluoride and uranium.

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