Forum to Discuss, Address Questions About PFAS in Michigan

Michigan has the most discovered PFAS contamination sites in the country.

Thursday night the Grand Traverse Watershed Center is hosting a community forum to answer your questions about the toxic compound.

Blair Township and Grayling are just two of the 192 Michigan sites where PFAS has been detected in drinking water. 

Exposure has been linked to thyroid disease, decreased fertility and high cholesterol.

PFAS is an emerging threat, not just in Michigan, but across the country.

Michigan does have the highest number of contamination sites, but that largely reflects the effort the state has taken to aggressively look for and combat PFAS.

At Thursday night’s forum, the director of the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team will be making presentations about what’s happening at the state level.

Public health officials and environmental experts will also share their research.

The community will be able to ask whatever questions they have.

“Our goal for people who attend our PFAS community forum is to really educate them on the issue and show them ways to protect their families and their health. The more we learn about PFAS, this chemical group, the scarier it is,” said Shelli Difranco with the Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has asked the state to set drinking water standards for just how much PFAS is safe in our water.

The forum starts at 6 p.m. at Traverse City West Middle School.

You can check out an interactive map of PFAS contamination sites found in Michigan here.