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Learn about what PFAS contamination in drinking water has meant to families in west Michigan.

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Emmy Winner: “The Forever Chemicals” takes documentary prize

The Great Lakes Now team that produced “The Forever Chemicals” won the 2020 Michigan Emmy in the Health/Science – Program/Special category.

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The PFAS Problem

Here are some of the latest developments about how—without enforceable standards at the federal level in the U.S. or Canada—states and provinces around the Great Lakes are addressing PFAS in differing ways and on differing timetables.

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Covering the Forever Chemicals

MLive Media Group has been reporting on PFAS issues in Michigan communities and now partners with Great Lakes Now.

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The Forever Chemicals Show

It’s a curious acronym — PFAS — and it stands for a family of chemicals that’s in most homes and being detected in an increasing number of people’s water systems in Michigan and other states and provinces.

Research is only beginning to determine the health effects and what, if any, treatment there might be. What can people do to protect themselves and their families? And at what cost?

Explore Great Lakes Now’s coverage of the crisis and learn about what you can do to address this issue.

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Protestors rally for clean water outside a Wurtsmith Air Force Base Restoration Advisory Board meeting on June 6, 2018 in Oscoda. Members of the NOW (Need Our Water) group, and other local residents, want the Air Force to take responsibility for high levels of PFAS contamination leaching from the base. (Jake May | MLive.com)

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The following reporting is provided by MLive Media Group, our partner on The Forever Chemicals series.

Oscoda residents say ‘enough’ after 9 years of PFAS with no cleanup plan

Oscoda residents say ‘enough’ after 9 years of PFAS with no cleanup plan

Representatives from a number of Michigan communities—Oscoda, Flint, Detroit and Belmont among them—gathered on Wednesday to call on the U.S. Air Force for action on PFAS cleanup.

- by MLive
The Forever Chemicals: MLive Reporters and Great Lakes Now engage Sustainable Brands 2019 audience

The Forever Chemicals: MLive Reporters and Great Lakes Now engage Sustainable Brands 2019 audience

After a documentary screening at the Sustainable Brands 2019 conference in Detroit, Great Lakes Now hosted an audience discussion with the MLive Media Group reporters who have been leading the coverage of the PFAS issue in Michigan.

- by Sandra Svoboda
PFAS pollution already costing Michigan communities millions

PFAS pollution already costing Michigan communities millions

Michigan residents may be in line to pay for the fixes to PFAS contamination for years to come.

- by Paula Gardner
Ann Arbor spends $1 million to deal with PFAS contamination

Ann Arbor spends $1 million to deal with PFAS contamination

The city started to ask in 2017: “What can we do about it?”

- by Paula Gardner
In West Michigan, sticker shock over toxic water costs

In West Michigan, sticker shock over toxic water costs

Plainfield Township officials estimate that $62 million is needed to bring municipal water to areas contaminated by PFAS chemicals.

- by Garret Ellison

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Digital Credits

“The Forever Chemicals” initiative was produced by Rob Green and Sandra Svoboda.

Digital Designer: Shelby Jouppi

Digital Video: Angela Brayman, Marie Gould, Rob Green, Zosette Guir, Matt Ilas, William Kubota, Sandra Svoboda, Jordan Wingrove, Ernie Zinger

With additional production support and partnership from MLive Media Group

Produced in partnership with the Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Program at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York