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.
Michigan has been proactive in efforts to detect and mitigate PFAS contamination.
“Michigan’s PFAS Action Response Team was created to ensure that we’ve got a coordinated response to the PFAS contamination issue across the state,” said Steve Sliver, MPART’s executive director. “It’s seven state departments responsible for environmental natural resources protection, agriculture, public health, also military facilities, fire departments and commercial airports.”
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