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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- A 3M Plant in Illinois Was The Country’s Worst Emitter of a Climate-Killing ‘Immortal’ Chemical in 2021 — Inside Climate News
The Illinois attorney general has sued 3M for discharging PFAS into groundwater and the Mississippi River.
- Peters and Dingell bill to protect firefighters from hazardous PFAS chemicals becomes law — Press and Guide
Gary Peters and Debbie Dingell bill to help protect the health and safety of firefighters and emergency responders from PFAS exposure has been signed into law.
- EGLE appeals judge’s rejection of new PFAS water standards — Detroit Free Press
Judge Brock Swartzle allowed PFAS water regulations to remain in effect while EGLE and chemical giant 3M Corp. exhaust appeals.
- EPA’s new PFAS standards could have implications for Michigan — Grand Haven Tribune
As 2023 begins, the threat of PFAS contamination continues to be a point of concern in Michigan and beyond.
- Editorial: PFAS and Camp Grayling — Traverse City Record-Eagle
The military first discovered PFAS contamination in 2016 at Camp Grayling where soldiers for decades had used PFAS-containing firefighting foam during training exercises.
- NY, Calif. Poised to Ban PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ — The Food Institute
New York and California are the first of more than a dozen states banning or considering bans on PFAS or ‘forever chemicals.’
- Several New Requirements Taking Effect for 2023 to Protect Consumers from Harmful Chemicals — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Statewide Laws will limit use of PFAS and chemicals in a variety of consumer products. New laws for household cleaning, personal care, cosmetics, food packaging, and children’s products will help prevent public exposure.
- New NY state law bans PFAS in clothing — WNYT.com
Environmental advocates are applauding a new bill signed into law by New York Governor Kathy Hochul that bans PFAS in clothing.
- Forever chemicals’ are in their drinking water. So why are some towns slow to act? — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
PFAS are widely used in consumer products, such as non-stick pots and pans and waterproof clothing but advocates question why so many communities are not doing anything to address the issue.
- Despite 3M’s phase-out, the global problem of cleaning up PFAS remains — Wisconsin Watch
3M announced in December that it’s phasing out the PFAS family of harmful chemicals, but they’re not going away.
- ‘Forever chemicals’ from Marinette firefighting foam plant are in Lake Michigan, UW researchers find — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
University of Wisconsin researchers say they detected a plume of PFAS compounds in Green Bay and traced it to the Tyco facility in Marinette that manufactures firefighting foam.
A new lawsuit alleges Inhance failed to follow EPA rules involving dangerous PFAS chemicals and asks a judge to halt production.
- Federal PFAS Drinking Water Standards: 2023 Is the Year — National Law Review
EPA sends federal PFAS drinking water standards to White House Office of Management and Budget OMB for consideration and approval or rejection.