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New PFAS study released

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The first statewide study of PFAS in Michigan’s public water supply came out today.

PFAS are toxic chemicals that can be found in things like firefighting foam, food packaging, and other consumer products.

They can cause cancer and other health problems.

The study tested all community, school, child care provider and tribal water supplies in the state.

It did not include private water supplies.

Results show that roughly 90 percent of the state’s public water supplies showed no detection for PFAS. 

Only the city of Parchment and Robinson Elementary School near Grand Haven had test results exceeding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency... Lifetime Health (Advisory)... of 70 parts per trillion for PFAS in drinking water.

Ian Smith is with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. He says the state is taking action in both cases.

“Parchment’s drinking water system was taken off of the Parchment’s sources, was incorporated into the Kalamazoo municipal system … folks in Parchment now have access to Kalamazoo as a source for drinking water.

Approximately 7.7 million of Michigan's 10 million residents have now had their drinking water tested for PFAS.