April van Buren
Michigan will spend $1.7 million to test water supplies around the state for certain kinds of industrial chemical contaminants. The chemicals are known as PFAS, which stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.
“Although acceptable PFAS exposure levels continue to be debated nationally, the right thing to do here in Michigan is advance our knowledge of this emerging contaminant,” Carol Isaacs, director of the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) said in a press release Friday. “We will share what we learn with the public and are prepared to advise communities, if necessary, on steps they can take to reduce PFAS levels in their water supplies.”
For decades, PFAS were widely used in everything from firefighting foam to waterproof shoes. The chemicals have been linked to a variety of health issues, including certain kinds of cancer. Unsafe levels of the chemicals have been detected in lakes and drinking water across Michigan, including near military facilities and industrial sites.
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