2017 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:07:18 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] PFAS: "Twenty-eight locations across Michigan..." have PFAS
U.S. military has sordid history with housing its own

Island Packet (SC)
DECEMBER 11, 2017 

Twenty-eight locations across Michigan, and rising, have been found contaminated with potentially health-harming chemicals once used in nonstick surfaces and firefighting foam.

Gov. Rick Snyder last month launched a coordinated, statewide effort to find and begin addressing polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, which includes a group of man-made chemicals that were commonly used since the 1950s in stain-resistant carpeting, nonstick pots and pans, waterproof shoes and other household products. PFAS was also used in firefighting foam, particularly at military bases. Use of the chemicals was largely phased out by 2015.

In Kent County, lawyers on Tuesday announced a class-action lawsuit against shoe manufacturer Wolverine World Wide, 3M Corp. and Waste Management Inc., for allegedly dumping PFAS and polluting groundwater in Belmont, Rockford and other areas of the county. 3M's Scotchgard was used in waterproofing boots and shoes made by Wolverine since the 1950s, and contained the chemical. 


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Lenny Siegel
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