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Michigan Health officials say 2010 oil spill did not contaminate water wells

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There's good news and bad news for residents with drinking water wells near the Kalamazoo River. A massive oil spill contaminated the river in 2010.

State officials tested 150 of the residential water wells for contaminants.

“Now the oil related chemicals, those would have been iron and nickel, they were detected in a few wells but nothing but was levels of concern,” says Angela Minicuci, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Community Health.

But some wells had elevated levels of arsenic and lead, which could be naturally occurring or coming from lead pipes.

Minicuci says local health departments will work with those residents to address the problems that were found.

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