FLOW Gives Thoughts on PFAS Lawsuit

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a lawsuit against 17 companies.

She says those companies played a part in the spread of PFAS in Michigan.

It accuses companies like 3M and DuPont of knowingly and recklessly using PFAS in a way to contaminate natural resources—and harm people in Michigan.

PFAS have been linked to several health problems, including cancer.

Northern Michigan’s News Leader spoke with FLOW on Wednesday. The group in Traverse City is dedicated to preserving Michigan’s water.

They say the clean-up could take years and lots of money.

“Taxpayers are going to pay hundreds of millions to clean up the mess made by PFAS, so the attorney general and the governor are trying to recover some of that cost from the companies that made the products or the chemicals. That’ll lessen the burden on taxpayers,” said Senior Policy Adviser of FLOW, Dave Dempsey.

PFAS are often found in firefighting foam.