PFAS

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A discussion with Congressman Jack Bergman on a series of Federal efforts underway in Michigan's First Congressional District. The construction of a new lock in Sault Ste. Marie an increased rural internet connectivity and the clean-up efforts of PFA’s will be some of the topics. Joining the panel are media guest Sophie Erber from WLUC-TV 6 and Lisa Bowers from the Marquette Mining Journal. 

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A discussion with Congressman Jack Bergman on a series of Federal efforts underway in Michigan's First Congressional District. The construction of a new lock in Sault Ste. Marie an increased rural internet connectivity and the clean-up efforts of PFA’s will be some of the topics.  Joining the panel are media guest Sophie Erber from WLUC-TV 6 and Lisa Bowers from the Marquette Mining Journal.

OSCODA, MI (AP)--   A Pentagon official has told northern Michigan residents four more years of study are necessary to get a handle on toxic chemicals from a former U.S. Air Force base that are polluting drinking water.

Michigan Radio and MLive.com report Air Force Assistant Secretary John Henderson spoke Wednesday in Oscoda. Henderson says officials want to move faster on cleanup but must "get it right the first time."

The meeting provided updates about dealing with the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Officials say samples taken at 64 water systems around Michigan last year had measurable levels of a class of long-lasting toxic chemicals. 

The Department of Environmental Quality released findings Monday from a 2018 initiative to test Michigan's public water sources for the substances known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, or PFAS.

The compounds are used in a wide variety of consumer products including non-stick cookware and water-resistant fabrics.

PFAS

Feb 26, 2019
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A discussion of the evolving discovery, research, risks and clean-up of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).  Thirty-five Michigan contamination sites had been identified by the end of 2018, including two in the Upper Peninsula.

MARINETTE, WI (AP)--   State records show a Wisconsin company that makes firefighting foam knew it was contaminating groundwater at least four years before it notified residents.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources records say Tyco Fire Products discovered soil and well contamination on the Marinette manufacturer's fire training property in 2013. The contamination involves a class of chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, which are linked to cancer and other health issues.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   U.S. lawmakers announced the creation of a bipartisan task force Wednesday to fight PFAS chemicals. 

A majority of the members on the task force are from Michigan.

PFAS are a family of chemicals that have been found in things like certain types of fire-fighting foam and stain and water repellants. They have been linked to serious health concerns.

Congressman Dan Kildee is on the task force. He says Michigan – as the Great Lakes State - needs to take charge of this issue.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   A scientific panel convened by Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan's standard for protecting drinking water from certain toxic chemicals may not be strong enough. 

The Michigan PFAS Science Advisory Committee made the finding in a report issued Tuesday. Snyder convened the panel of nationally recognized experts on per- and polyfluoroalkyl subtances, which are found in firefighting foam, some foods and a variety of household products.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (AP)--   A state scientist says he made recommendations six years ago to his superiors on how to limit exposure in Michigan to contamination from industrial compounds known as PFAS, but received no immediate feedback. 

Department of Environmental Quality researcher Robert Delaney said Tuesday during a summit of federal, state and local health and environmental officials in Grand Rapids that he sent then-director Dan Wyant a report in 2012.

Wyant resigned in late 2015. The report was made public last year.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The state Fire Marshal was in Marquette Saturday to talk about how to deal with firefighting foam that could contaminate drinking water. 

The foam contains a class of chemicals called PFAS, which are toxic to humans.

Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer and Marquette Fire Chief Ian Davis held a roundtable discussion about the state’s efforts to protect drinking water. Sehlmeyer is part of the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team. He’s getting input from fire departments across the state with an aim toward developing methods to dispose of the foam properly.

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