PFA Contamination

 

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PFA's also known as PFC's are polyfluoroalkyl and perfluorinated chemicals or substances such as perfluoroctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctanesulfonic acid or perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) that are toxic to humans and have been used by industries across Michigan without proper oversight for decades.  Once ingested these chemicals stay in the blood and is found in at minimum 2% of fish in tested Michigan waterways.  There are currently 28 counties across Michigan with known PFA contamination, amounting to 1/3 of the state affected by these toxic chemicals.  We are currently paying very close attention to local communities that are investigating cancer clusters around the state and their relation to this contamination.  

 

As of August 4, 2018 - there is an emergency DO NOT EAT warning for all fish in the Huron River in Oakland County including Kent Lake and all other lakes connected to the Huron River in Oakland County.  

As of July 31, 2018 - High levels of PFAs have been found in Kalamazoo County with contamination found in Parchment groundwater and in 3 pumping stations in Kalamazoo.

 

If you believe your community is affected and is not on this list, please email platform@kurland4mi.com

 

Documented side effects of exposure include, but are not limited to:  

Developmental issues in fetuses and infants

Difficulty conceiving

High Cholesterol

Hormonal interference

Immune system damage

Increased risk for cancer - specifically kidney and testicular cancers 

Negative effects in growth, learning, and behavior of infants and older children

Pregnancy-induced hypertension

Thyroid problems

Ulcerative colitis

 

Communities affected by these toxic chemicals include:

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Alpena County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Alpena

 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Arenac County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Au Gres

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Omer

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Standish

 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Bay County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Bay City

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Essexville

 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Berrien County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Niles

 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Calhoun County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Battle Creek

 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Cass County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Howard Twp

 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Crawford County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Grayling

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Grayling Township

 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Delta County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Escanaba

 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Genesee County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Flint

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Lapeer

 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Grand Traverse County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Blair Twp

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Grawn

 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Ingham County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Lansing

 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Iosco County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Oscoda

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Tawas

 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Isabella County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Mount Pleasant

 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Kalamazoo County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Cooper Twp

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Parchment

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Portage

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Richland

 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Kent County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Algoma Township

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Belmont

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Cascade Twp

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Grand Rapids

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Plainfield Township

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Rockford

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Village of Sparta

 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Macomb County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Bedford Twp

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Mount Clemens

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  New Baltimore

 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Marquette County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Gwinn

 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Midland County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Midland

 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Monroe County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Monroe

 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Montcalm County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Village of Pierson

 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Oakland County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Springfield Twp

 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Osceola County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Hersey

 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Saginaw County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Saginaw

 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  St. Clair County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Ira Township

 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Washtenaw County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Ann Arbor

 

Municipal Drinking Water sources that have detected PFAs/PFCs/PFOs in them include: 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Ann Arbor

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Escanaba

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Kalamazoo

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Lansing

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Detroit

 

Counties with water sources that have detected PFAs/PFCs/PFOs in them without communities marked as affected include: 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Chippewa County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Houghton County

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Roscommon County

 

Water sources that may be connected to these issues or have PFAs/PFCs/PFOs in them include: 

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Allen Lake

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Au Sable River

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Barton Pond

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Clark's Marsh

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Clinton River

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Dean River

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Flint River

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Gilkey Creek

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Grand River

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Huron River

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Kalamazoo River

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Lake Chapin

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Lake Erie

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Lake Huron

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Lake Margrethe

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Lake Michigan

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Lake St. Clair

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Lake St. Helen

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Mud Lake

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Muskegon River

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Rogue River

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Saginaw River

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  St. Joseph River

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  St. Mary's River

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Tahquamenon River

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Thornapple River

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Thunder Bay River

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Van Etten Lake

Michigan_Map_Green_favicon.png  Versluis Lake

 

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Find out more about Michigan's Fish Advisories and other chemicals in our waterways

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Sources

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/10/wolverines_toxic_legacy.html

https://www.bridgemi.com/public-sector/michigan-maker-hush-puppies-called-its-toxic-past

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/10/former_wolverine_tannery_dump.html

https://articles.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2018/01/north_kent_landfill_pfas_resul.amp

http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2018/03/low_pfas_levels_found_in_drink.html

http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/02/pfas_lake_huron_saginaw-midlan.html

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https://www.michigan.gov/pfasresponse/0,9038,7-365-86511_82704-452817--,00.html

https://www.michigan.gov/pfasresponse/0,9038,7-365-86511_82704-452844--,00.html

https://www.michigan.gov/pfasresponse/0,9038,7-365-86511_82704-468563--,00.html

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https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/07/30/deq-pfas-chemical-contamination-pollution-michigan/851152002/

https://www.michigan.gov/pfasresponse/0,9038,7-365-86511_82704-452822--,00.html

https://www.michigan.gov/pfasresponse/0,9038,7-365-86511_82704-473472--,00.html

https://www.michigan.gov/pfasresponse/0,9038,7-365-86511_82704-473485--,00.html

https://www.portagemi.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1170/2018-07-28-City-of-Portage-PFAS-Test-Results?bidId=

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https://www.michigan.gov/pfasresponse/0,9038,7-365-86511_82704-468981--,00.html

https://www.michigan.gov/pfasresponse/0,9038,7-365-86511_82704-452819--,00.html

https://www.michigan.gov/pfasresponse/0,9038,7-365-86511_82704-452826--,00.html

 

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