At least 17 states have issued PFAS-related fish consumption advisories, KFF Health News found. But with no federal guidance, what is considered safe to eat varies significantly among states, most of which provide no regulation.
The venerable, Rockford-based company famous for Hush Puppies faces plummeting stocks and sales. It’s already spent tens of millions of dollars settling suits for PFAS contamination. Then this year, more PFAS was discovered on its doorstop.
In a 2-1 ruling, a Michigan Court of Appeals panel said the state failed to analyze the cost to businesses of complying with the stricter PFAS rules, as was required. The limits will remain in place, however, until the litigation is over.
Industrial pollution taints the fish in a host of Michigan rivers, but anglers often don’t know the risks. River walkers like Jim Bridgforth aim to change that — but not everyone has the luxury of skipping a fresh-caught meal.
Democrats say a 2018 law barring state rules that are stricter than federal regulations undercuts state regulators’ ability to address pollution issues. Business groups fear repealing the measure could have unintended consequences.
As evidence mounts about the health risks from the so-called ‘forever chemicals’, state regulators are considering whether PFAS 'do not fish' advisories are strong enough to protect Michiganders. If the answer is no, more rivers may be flagged for contaminated fish.
The new standards, which could take effect this year, would be stricter than Michigan’s existing standards. EPA officials acknowledged it’s unsafe to drink virtually any of two PFAS compounds, but set proposed limits at the lowest amount technology can detect.
The legal settlement with Asahi Kasei Plastics North America over PFAS at its Brighton plant comes as Attorney General Dana Nessel pursues lawsuits against a host of companies tied to Michigan’s PFAS crisis.
One of the first bills introduced by the Democratic majority would undo a Snyder-era law that prevents Michigan from adopting stronger pollution regulations than Washington. Dems also aim to lessen industry influence on regulatory decisions.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer must lay out a bold vision to protect our waters, clean up toxic groundwater, keep water services from being privatized and put the onus on chemical companies to show they can operate safely.
State regulators this week warned anglers to limit their meals of rainbow smelt taken from the two lakes, along with three inland lakes. High PFAS levels had already prompted a smelt consumption advisory in Lake Superior.
In a harshly-worded letter, a supervisor in the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy wrote that DNR should reject the Camp Grayling expansion unless the National Guard gets serious about cleaning up PFAS at the base.
From polluter pay laws to plastic bag bans, Democratic lawmakers and environmental advocates hope to reverse Republican-passed laws and revisit Democratic issues that faltered in the Republican-led Legislature.
The chemicals have been used in hundreds of household products for decades, even as more studies became public showing their danger to human health and ubiquitous presence in water. Michigan has hundreds of identified sites of PFAS contamination.
The suit blames FKI Hardware Inc. for contaminating nine west Michigan properties with PFAS, volatile organic compounds and metals before exiting Michigan in 2016. It’s the latest in a slew of actions by Nessel’s office against alleged groundwater polluters.