PFAS contamination

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A Michigan regulatory oversight board has temporarily paused state drinking water standards that would limit allowable levels of certain toxic industrial chemicals. 

MLive.com reports the committee voted Thursday to wait two weeks before deciding whether to delay or approve draft maximum contaminant levels for seven compounds known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, called PFAS.

OSCODA, MI (AP)--   The Air Force is speeding up its investigation and response to contaminated groundwater near a former base in Michigan. 

The Air Force and state of Michigan on Monday jointly announced the plan to address contamination from the Wurtsmith base in Oscoda.

Contaminants known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are in the area. They were in firefighting foam used at the base.

MT. PLEASANT, MI (MPRN)--   Attorney General Dana Nessel is seeking legal experts to advise the state on pursuing legal action on opioids and on PFAS chemicals that are being found in water around Michigan. 

In a statement Nessel said that “manufactured chemicals -- both opioids and PFAS -- are having a devastating effect on our residents.”

Kelly Rossman-McKinney is a spokesperson for the Attorney General. She says they are looking for experts to aid with investigations and possible legal action.

MT. PLEASANT, MI (MPRN)--   A new report shows three times as many PFAS contamination sites across the country than was previously reported.

The report, from the Environmental Working Group, found roughly 610 PFAS contaminated sites across the country.

In July of 2018 the group reported 172 sites. Researchers say the new report drew from a new source - meaning the data isn’t directly comparable.

PFAS, or perfluoroalkyl substances, are a family of chemicals that have been found across the state and are linked to health problems including cancer.