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: “From PBB to PFAS: Research and Action to Address Michigan’s Large-Scale Chemical Contaminations”, at the University of Michigan
Description: Keynote address by Linda S. Birnbaum, PhD, DABT, ATS (Director (retired), Scientist Emeritus, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program) • “The Challenges of PFAS” Dr. Birnbaum will review what is known about the health effects of PFAS (human and animal) and the similarities with PBB. She will describe the extent of exposure to PFAS and the value of community engaged research. • Presentations by community residents and academic researchers working on PBB and PFAS health impacts, as well as breakout groups focused on strategies for building effective community-academic collaborations: Michele Marcus, PhD (Emory University’s Michigan PBB Registry); Jane Keon (Pine River Superfund Citizen Task Force); Francis Spaniola (former Michigan State Representative); Tony Spaniola, JD (creator Michigan Cancer Registry); Courtney Carignan, PhD (Michigan State University); Monica Lewis-Patrick (President & CEO, We the People of Detroit); COMMUNITY PANELISTS: Sandy Wynn-Stelt (Rockford); Theresa Landrum (Detroit); Lawrence Reynolds (Flint); Donele Wilkins (Detroit); Tim Neyer (Mt. Pleasant).
Date: Thu Feb 20 2020
Source: Watch this Symposium on YouTube
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