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.
Keep up with PFAS-related developments in the Great Lakes area.
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- Regulators begin PFAS investigation in East Bay Township – Traverse City Record-Eagle
About 20 homes and one business in East Bay Township may have for years been using drinking water contaminated with PFAS chemicals, and state environmental regulators now launched efforts to find out for sure.
Officials said the new investigation comes after a series of state-installed groundwater monitoring wells returned elevated results for various PFAS chemicals. The worry is some residents of the nearby Pine Grove neighborhood may have been drinking and cooking with PFAS-laden water for decades.
- New PFAS testing planned at Buick City after high levels found in soil and water near paint building – MLive
The authority created to clean up and market abandoned General Motors’ properties nationwide says testing is being expanded in an area of the old Buick City site along Hamilton Avenue where testing this year has shown very high levels of polyfluoroalkyl substances in soil and groundwater.
- Huron River PFAS contamination levels drop after 2-year treatment – The Detroit News
Contaminating substances in the Huron River have significantly declined after two years of treatment, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy said Thursday.
EGLE said the decline of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which the FDA describes as a family of human-made chemicals, in the Huron River watershed were thanks to the efforts of the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team that worked with local wastewater treatment plants.
After recently learning that the United States Air Force may not include Stewart Air National Guard Base in the towns o New Windsor and Newburgh in its next round of priority cleanup sites – because of a bureaucratic internal policy penalizing Newburgh for no longer using Lake Washington as their drinking water source – U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has asked Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett to include the the Stewart base in next year’s tranche of Remedial Investigations, allowing for the critical next step of PFAS cleanup to finally begin.
It’s been eight months since the pubic learned that Norlite, the incineration plant in Cohoes, burned over 2 million pounds of toxic fire-fighting foam or AFFF in 2018 and 2019. Environmental advocates believe there’s a good chance that process released cancer-causing chemicals into the surrounding environment.
Cohoes Common Council has since put a one-year ban on incinerating AFFF and on Wednesday night state officials announced detailed plans to test the soil and water around the plant.
- Ohio EPA detects PFAS in Aullwood Audubon Farm Discovery Center public water system – Dayton 24/7 Now
The water system serving the Aullwood Audubon Farm Discovery Center, which is an educational facility and event space in Dayton, has tested positive for elevated levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.
- Aqua PA gets $3.9M in state funds for PFAS treatment in Montgomery County – Bucks County Courier Times
Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc. is getting a $3.9 million state-funded loan for equipment related to ongoing PFAS remediation in Montgomery County.
The loan through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, or PENNVEST, is part of a $181 million statewide funding program for 16 water infrastructure projects across 12 counties, a news release from Gov. Tom Wolf’s office states.
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