Michigan PFAS chemical threats

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Whitmer orders Michigan to set PFAS standards, setting up clash with GOP

March 26, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Gretchen Whitmer directs state regulators to set limits on how much of the chemical is unsafe for waterways. Doing so could help enforce cleanups, but some Republican leaders say feds should take the lead.

Michigan landfills are a small source for PFAS in waterways, study says

March 17, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The Michigan Waste and Recycling Association found high levels of PFAS in landfills, illustrating the prevalence of the hazardous chemicals in what Michiganders throw away. But the authority suggests landfills are a small contributor to PFAS in wastewater releases.

Republicans to Whitmer: Where’s the cash? Doubts on climate plan.

February 13, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Republican leaders say they agree with the Democratic governor that roads need fixing, but aren’t ready to raise taxes or fees to do it. They also signaled opposition to raising the state’s college-going rate and Whitmer’s PFAS and climate change plans.

Opinion | Gretchen Whitmer is smart to keep Michigan PFAS response team

February 8, 2019 | John Truscott

The cross-department team addressing the dangers of PFAS contaminants was created by Whitmer’s Republican predecessor, Rick Snyder. Protecting our environment isn’t a partisan issue.

Opinion | I study PFAS in Michigan. Trust me, they are everywhere

February 5, 2019 | Gillian Zaharias Miller

Children’s car seats, cookware, carpet and takeout containers – almost everything contains PFAS and will until we get serious about eliminating this set of dangerous chemicals.

Bill to make it tougher to pass regulations in Michigan heads to Snyder

December 11, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Republicans say legislation provides uniformity for businesses; Democrats say it would make it harder to respond to threats such as PFAS.

Republicans: Michigan shouldn’t regulate more strictly than Washington

December 10, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Supporters call House Bill 4205 a transparency measure that’s good for business. Critics worry it would remove tools to tackle problems such as PFAS contamination.

Michigan waited years to heed warnings on PFAS dangers, expert says

November 13, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

A DEQ veteran sounded alarms about threats to waters in 2010. Seven years later, Michigan took action. ‘I was at the edge of the abyss looking into hell,” scientist testifies.

Minnesota has fought PFAS for years. Here’s how its plan can help Michigan.

October 17, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Michigan is planning to sue 3M for manufacturing hazardous chemicals showing up in water systems. Minnesota sued the company years ago and is sharing documents and other information, a top Minnesota regulator says.

Truth Squad | Dana Nessel spreads inaccuracies about PFAS in Michigan waters

October 3, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Are the hazardous chemicals a serious threat? Yes. Have 11,000 Michigan sites tested positive for them? Nowhere close.

Michigan groundwater emergency threatens fish, drinking water, way of life

September 26, 2018 | Brett Walton

From PFAS to leaking septic tanks and farm runoff, Michigan’s most precious resource –  its fresh water – is under assault from a host of threats. A new report says the crisis doesn’t receive the urgency it deserves.

Michigan PFAS by the numbers: How much is unsafe?

September 26, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Confusion runs rampant about PFAS dangers. The federal government and states can’t agree on how much is unsafe for states. Here’s a primer on what’s known so far.

Truth Squad: Bill Schuette is falsely blamed for ignoring PFAS victims

September 17, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

A Southfield Super PAC releases an irresponsible ad accusing Republican candidate for governor Bill Schuette of failing to act on the behalf of victims of water contamination. In fact, he has sued on their behalf.

In West Michigan, PFAS contamination leaves fruits and veggies to wither

August 22, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Danger to the groundwater in the town of Parchment could mean trouble to vegetable gardens, prompting some to wonder if their soil is permanently damaged.

Michigan environment roundup: Cancer fears in Oscoda over PFAS

August 14, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

This week’s can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

Opinion | We must determine if Michigan PFAS health risks actually exist

August 9, 2018 | Brian Steglitz

Don’t freak out about the newest alleged threat to our health until the experts check it out, says a water treatment facility official

Map | Here are confirmed PFAS threats to Michigan water

July 31, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Residents in a pair of Kalamazoo County townships have been told not to drink their water. They join a growing list of communities where chemical used in Air Force bases, clothing and household items is threatening waterways in Michigan.

Environmentalists outraged Michigan warning about PFAS went unheeded

July 13, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

A state bureaucrat first raised concerns about the toxic chemicals in 2012. They’re now a full-blown crisis. Did the state move too slow?

Michigan enlists ‘Shop-Vac on steroids’ to fight toxic PFAS foam

July 13, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Michigan environmental regulators have hatched a novel plan to get vacuum of toxic foam bubbling up in Oscoda and other PFAS-tainted communities. Will it work? Nobody’s sure.

Map | Find PFAS threats to drinking water in Michigan

July 13, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

A chemical used in Air Force bases, clothing and household items is threatening waterways in Michigan. Use this map to find out where.

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