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EGLE kicks off Great Lakes PFAS Summit

A conference discussing research and policy on chemicals called PFAS starts today.

The “Great Lakes Virtual PFAS Summit” is a week-long event where policymakers, environmentalists and researchers can learn about how to address the threat posed by PFAS.

Some of the chemicals have been linked to cancer. It takes a very long time for the chemicals to break down.

Great Lakes PFAS Action Network co-chair Sandy Wynn-Stelt says she’s encouraged by the number of scheduled out-of-state speakers.

“We know that this isn’t a Michigan issue. It’s a nationwide issue. It’s probably a worldwide issue. PFOS in groundwater, in wildlife, and food packaging. It doesn’t know state boundaries. It travels everywhere.”

Other scheduled speakers at the summit include the governor and a handful of members of Michigan’s congressional delegation.