Tue. Aug 20th, 2019

Michigan has most PFAS contaminated sites in United States

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been found in at least 610 locations in 43 states, that’s according to a recent study done by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

A recent update to an interactive map by the EWG and Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute shows publicly-known pollution from PFAS chemicals nationwide.

These include public water systems, military bases, military and civilian airports, industrial plants, dumps and firefighter training sites.

“The refreshed guide demonstrates that PFAS sullying is really an across the nation issue, affecting a huge number of Americans in many networks,” said Phil Brown, an educator of human science and wellbeing sciences at Northeastern University and chief of the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute. “Pioneers in numerous networks and states are doing incredible work to bring issues to light about PFAS and push for cleanup, yet this is a national emergency requesting national activity. The EPA should act all the more rapidly to assess all PFAS synthetic concoctions and limit their utilization and contaminating ventures ought to be considered dependable.”

The last time the guide was refreshed, which was in July 2018, there were just 172 sullied destinations in 40 states.

Authorities said PFAS synthetics, utilized in several purchaser items, have been connected to debilitated youth invulnerability, thyroid malady, disease and other medical issues.

As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, PFAS synthetic concoctions pollute the blood of for all intents and purposes all Americans.

“The Environmental Protection Agency has absolutely neglected to address PFAS with the reality this emergency requests, leaving nearby networks and states to ponder a mind boggling issue established in the disappointment of the government concoction administrative framework,” said Ken Cook, leader of EWG, which has examined these mixes for just about two decades. “EPA must move quickly to set a really wellbeing defensive legitimate farthest point for all PFAS synthetic compounds, expecting utilities to tidy up sullied water supplies.”

Recently, the EWG proposed a PFAS standard that would fully protect children’s health.

According to the most recent map, the State of Michigan has 192 sites, reflecting a testing program more comprehensive than anywhere else.

While using the map, you can also see contamination at 117 military sites, including 77 military airports.