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Community grants support PFAS advocacy across the Great Lakes

Courtesy of the North Carolina National Guard

A Great Lakes coalition is giving out $35,000 in grants to communities impacted by contamination from the toxic "forever chemicals" known as PFAS.

There are just over 250 sites with confirmed PFAS contamination in Michigan – like an old landfill in Belmont and Camp Grayling – and more sites are still being discovered.

The Great Lakes PFAS Action Network (GLPAN) is now aiming to fund 10 projects that help local citizen groups address contamination.

GLPAN said the grants are meant to support PFAS research and testing, public education efforts and community organizing.

Previous initiatives include testing the gardens in the southeast Michigan community of Holly and hosting educational events on PFAS in Southwest Detroit.

The deadline to apply is Sept. 12.

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy
As of Sept. 6, there are 264 sites in Michigan with confirmed contamination, and more sites are being discovered every day.

Teresa Homsi is an environmental reporter and Report for America Corps Member based in northern Michigan for WCMU. She covers rural environmental issues, focused on contamination, conservation, and climate change.
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