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PFAS News Roundup: Litigation, testing, fish advisories, microwave popcorn and new firefighting foam labels

PFAS News Roundup: Litigation, testing, fish advisories, microwave popcorn and new firefighting foam labels
January 30, 2020 Ric Mixter

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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We Track PFAS Litigation So You Don’t Have To (Podcast) – Bloomberg

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.

Mayor Rhodes-Conway responds to DNR, DHS statement on PFAS fish tissue samples – NBC15 WMTV

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.

Michigan files suit against 3M, DuPont and others over PFAS contamination – Michigan Radio

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.

Senator Wants Free Blood Testing For People In Wisconsin PFAS Zone – WXPR

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.

Consumer Reports: Eating out increases PFAS exposure, study says – ABC7 Chicago

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 hunting for sources of PFAS in Saginaw River – MLive

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.

New Ecolabel for PFAS-Free Firefighting Foam – CSRwire

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.

Watch the Great Lakes Now documentary about the impacts of PFAS in west Michigan communities:

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