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Coping with PFAS: How have families been dealing with PFAS contamination in their communities

Coping with PFAS: How have families been dealing with PFAS contamination in their communities
April 3, 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 and have been flagged as a major contaminant in sources of water across the country.

They are an invisible, tasteless and odorless pollutant that has been linked to certain cancers, and some families in Kent County, Michigan, have 300 times the recommended limit of PFAS coming out of their faucets.

“We were really hoping that at the federal level that that would be changed, but we didn’t have much luck with this administration,” said one homeowner, Sandy Wynn-Stelt. “We were able to do it at a state level. So hopefully that will actually push the federal level to start taking some action.”

Learn how some families are coping with this forever chemical in their water in this Great Lakes Now web extra.

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