PFAS News Roundup: The Nation’s first “PFAS Annihilator” is now being used in Michigan

PFAS News Roundup: The Nation’s first “PFAS Annihilator” is now being used in Michigan
May 9, 2023 Kathy Johnson, Great Lakes Now

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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The state detected harmful PFAS in the treated drinking water at more than two dozen small water utilities in Indiana. This is the second round of testing the Indiana Department of Environmental Management has done for PFAS in public water utilities.



Small amounts of PFAS have been found in the groundwater and surface water near a former landfill in Sparta Township. The Sparta Foundry Waste Facility operated from the early 1980s through 2021. Because the landfill is not lined, the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team said the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy requested a site analysis before the landfill was closed.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy will begin using U.S. EPA testing Method 533. The method tests for twenty-five kinds of chemicals called PFAS, including the seven PFAS currently regulated by the State of Michigan.

After five years of development, the nation’s first high-volume closed-loop PFAS destruction system is up and running in Michigan.



Even cities with no PFAS detected, but with later contamination issues, may have access to funds because the exact terms of any settlement are still being figured out.



Canadian researchers have developed a way to take out 99% of these potentially dangerous chemicals from our drinking water. The PFAS are later destroyed using special electrochemical and photochemical techniques.



When you flush your toilet, sending waste to a nearby sewage treatment system, you might also be contributing toxic chemicals to the local watershed. University of Florida scientists recently studied 21 toilet paper brands from around the world and found traces of PFAS in each case. The study does not name the brands.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Health Services announced a new PFAS-based consumption advisory for Green Bay and its tributaries.

State wildlife and health officials are urging anglers against eating more than one meal per week of rainbow smelt from Green Bay’s waters. That includes the bay’s tributaries up to the first dam, meaning it impacts portions of the Peshtigo, Oconto and Menominee Rivers. The warning comes after elevated levels of PFAS were found in rainbow smelt sampled from the bay.

Even with all the attention PFAS pollution has been getting, Wisconsin’s Natural Resources Secretary believes some do not yet appreciate how serious the concern is.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources tested fish from the Yahara River chain of lakes in 2020. They found PFAS levels above the recommended health standards in several fish species for all lakes except Mendota. In general, panfish (white bass, bluegill, and crappie) tend to have the highest levels of PFAS. There is no known way to prepare or cook fish that will reduce exposure to PFAS.



People in states that have enacted PFAS regulations are already paying more for clean drinking water. Should the EPA’s proposed regulations pass, the rest of the country could be paying more, too.

New study finds evidence of PFAS in all 18 brands of contact lenses tested.

Elevated levels of PFAS can make it more challenging to keep pounds off — especially after a recent weight loss, according to a new study.

A compostable salad bowl seems like an Earth-friendly way to enjoy a healthy lunch. But the toxic chemicals used in containers like molded-fiber salad bowls, sandwich wrappers, and French fry pouches may be leaching into food despite efforts to make those materials safer, according to the results of a study published in March in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.

PFAS are linked to problems with fetal development, thyroid disease, and issues with livers and kidneys.

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