Environmental Health in Michigan: Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

Welcome to the M-LEEaD PFAS Response page! Here you will find materials generated by the center and others regarding PFAS contamination in Michigan.

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Video: Great Lakes Now “The Forever Chemicals” (Detroit Public Television, 27 minutes)
Description: “PFAS” is short for per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances – a family of chemicals used to make common household products and waterproof clothing. They’re being found in an increasing number of drinking water sources, and research is only beginning to determine the health effects and what treatments there might be.
Date: Wed March 28 2019
Source: Detroit Public Television
Video: Interview with M-LEEaD Exposure Assessment Core Co-Leader John Meeker, ScD, CIH on Detroit Public Television’s “One Detroit”
Description: One Detroit takes a closer look at the man-made chemicals known as PFAS that are threatening Michigan’s water supply.
Date: Wed March 28 2019
Source: Detroit Public Television
Webinar: “Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Webinar” with Rick Rediske, PhD (Grand Valley State University), Detlef Knappe, PhD (North Carolina State University) and Rita Loch-Caruso, PhD (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Description: This webinar describes the unfolding PFAS groundwater contamination events in southwest Michigan. Panelists describe the process of building scientific knowledge about the scope of the contamination and its public health impacts, and potential solutions to groundwater contamination with PFAS and similar chemicals.
Sponsor: Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD)
Date: Wed May 16 2018
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Audio: “Issues Of The Environment: PFAs Contamination Throughout Michigan And In Washtenaw County” interview with Rita Loch-Caruso, PhD (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Description: Chemicals known as PFAs have found their way in Washtenaw County's drinking water, and that can lead to numerous health and environmental problems. In this week's “Issues of the Environment,” WEMU’s David Fair talks about this situation with Dr. Rita Loch-Caruso, toxicologist and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan.
Source: WEMU | Jazz, News & Blues
Date: Wed July 25 2018