PFAS, short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a group of widespread man-made chemicals that don’t break down in the environment or the human body. They are used in a range of products, including water-proof fabrics, fire-fighting foam and non-stick cookware.
Keep up with PFAS-related developments in the Great Lakes region with this collection of news stories.
In this edition: Bloomberg provides a rundown of PFAS-related court cases, the Wisconsin DNR has released new fish consumption advisories, Michigan files suit against DuPont and 3M, Wisconsin senator wants free PFAS testing for residents living in firefighting foam testing area, eating out and microwave popcorn can increase PFAS exposure and Michigan is looking at Saginaw River for possible PFAS contamination.
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On this episode of Parts Per Billion, Bloomberg Environment PFAS reporters have a roundtable discussion about the suits that could have the biggest impact on the legal landscape in 2020.
Forever Litigated ‘Forever Chemicals’: A Guide to PFAS in Courts – Bloomberg Environment
Here’s a rundown of key PFAS-related cases.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has released new fish consumption advisories for Starkweather Creek and Lake Monona after finding fish from the two locations with elevated levels of PFOS.
DuPont, 3M and 15 other companies have been named in a lawsuit filed by Michigan’s attorney general.
Northern Michigan residents speak out on PFAS pollution – Traverse City Record-Eagle
The director of the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy’s drinking water and environmental health division answered questions in Roscommon where 100 people turned out for public comment.
JCI addresses Ditch A GAC concerns – EagleHerald
Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources shares report on filtering efforts for a contaminated ditch that was used for discharging foam waste from Tyco Fire Products, a subsidary of Johnson Controls, Inc.
EPA Lists 160 ‘Forever Chemicals’ That Must Be Reported – Bloomberg Environment
PFAS met specific criteria included in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which became law on Dec. 20.
Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) is pushing for free blood tests for residents in Marinette and Peshtigo, an area companies have used as a testing and training zone for fire-fighting foam, a known source of PFAS.
A new study finds that eating out and getting takeout may expose you to more PFAS than eating at home. Consuming more microwave popcorn is also linked with having increased levels.
Michigan environmental investigators will search this year for sources of PFAS contamination in the Saginaw River, after two separate rounds of tests in the waterway showed conflicting results.
Bans of PFAS-contaminated products in Colorado, New Hampshire and New York have prompted the group Clean Product Action to issue a “green” title to clarify what foams are PFAS-free.