PFAS

Whitmer calls bipartisan federal infrastructure deal a ‘game-changer’ for Michigan 

BY: and - August 11, 2021

The Senate on Tuesday passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that will help to restore the nation’s bridges and roads, expand broadband initiatives, and fund projects to help battle against climate change. Roughly $20 billion of the funding will go to Michigan, with about $8 billion for roads and bridges.   Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said during […]

U.S. House passes Dingell bill regulating ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

BY: - July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Wednesday passed bipartisan legislation that would regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water, as well as designate two types of those toxic chemicals as hazardous substances that would spark federal cleanup standards. The bill, H.R. 2467, also known as the PFAS Action Act of 2021, passed 241-183, with 23 Republicans joining Democrats […]

Air Force begins sampling groundwater wells at Oscoda PFAS site

BY: - July 21, 2021

Oscoda residents had a chance to ask questions and hear updates from state officials Tuesday on how the U.S. Air Force’s cleanup of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is coming along at the decommissioned Wurtsmith Air Force Base. The base was found to have significant PFAS groundwater contamination more than a decade ago. The U.S. […]

As Congress tries to regulate ‘forever chemicals,’ local water systems push back

BY: - July 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Local water utilities worried about getting hit with lawsuits and high cleanup costs are stepping up their lobbying of Congress as lawmakers move to regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water. The bill, the PFAS Action Act of 2021, has garnered bipartisan support and two Michigan lawmakers, U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) and Fred Upton […]

Community leaders launch coalition to fight PFAS contamination

BY: - July 16, 2021

The Great Lakes PFAS Action Network, a group of community members impacted by the toxic chemical PFAS, are unifying to promote action on PFAS contamination.  The Thursday press conference was led by community members who provided government officials and polluters with best practices to deal with PFAS. The community leaders also presented the coalition’s vision […]

Michigan reps. say U.S. House will vote next week on expanding PFAS regulation

BY: - July 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress and Biden administration officials at a conference on Wednesday outlined how they’re attempting to regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water — including an upcoming vote in the U.S. House. EPA Administrator Michael Regan, a former top environmental official in North Carolina, said the agency is currently in the process […]

EPA knew fracking fluid can degrade into toxic PFAS, but approved it anyway

BY: - July 12, 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2011 knew that chemicals used in fracking fluid can break down and form PFAS — potentially contaminating groundwater and drinking water — but approved them anyway, even though agency scientists acknowledged they could be toxic. The New York Times reported the story Monday, based on documents received by Physicians for Social […]

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Dave Dempsey: It’s raining PFAS in the Sleeping Bear Dunes

BY: - July 2, 2021

Every now and then, an environmental news headline jumps out at you as though it was printed in 12-inch lettering on a newspaper front page or website. That personal reaction comes not because the news is a surprise, but because it is a symbol. “It’s Raining ‘Forever Chemicals’ in the Great Lakes,” said one website […]

U.S. House panel approves legislation to clean up toxic ‘forever chemicals’

BY: - June 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has approved major bipartisan legislation that aims to reduce Americans’ exposure to toxic chemicals in air, water and consumer products. The bill, the PFAS Action Act of 2021, led by U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell, a Dearborn Democrat and Fred Upton, a St. Joseph Republican, was approved 33-20 […]

New analysis warns of ‘garden sludge’ fertilizers containing PFAS

BY: - May 25, 2021

Newly discovered PFAS concentrations in certain fertilizers could mean accumulation of the toxic chemicals in composts and home gardens, unbeknownst to gardeners, according to a new report from the Sierra Club and the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center of Michigan. The environmental groups had two commercial labs in Michigan test common fertilizers for 33 toxic contaminants […]

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Dave Dempsey: Stop polluting and neglecting Michigan’s groundwater

BY: - May 11, 2021

Imagine the Great Lakes 20 to 40% lower, thwarting commercial shipping, impairing recreational boating and fishing, leaving beaches and docks high and dry. Imagine 45% of Michigan’s population forced to pump water from lakes or streams many more miles away to supply their drinking water needs, while drawing down those already depleted water bodies. And […]

EPA closes loophole on toxic PFAS

BY: - April 29, 2021

Manufacturers of perfluorinated compounds, also known as PFAS, will no longer be allowed to use a special exemption that allowed hundreds of these toxic substances to be fast tracked into the marketplace. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan announced this week that the agency is closing the “low-volume” loophole. It allowed industries that agreed […]