Another Chemical Dumped Into The Water Supply
Something to consider if you live near an airport, or military base.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known collectively as PFAS or PFCs, are contaminating water supplies and the environment across both peninsulas of Michigan. The toxic compounds are found in our rivers, our lakes, our soil, our groundwater, our drinking water, our fish, our food, our bodies and our Great Lakes. They are, as one scientist who helped manufacture them noted, the "most insidious pollutant since PCBs."
"They call them 'zombie chemicals,'" said Cathy Wusterbarth, a former lifeguard on a contaminated lake who wonders if past bouts with breast cancer and rheumatoid arthritis are linked to the PFAS that's been spreading through the local groundwater for decades. "You don't see them. You don't smell them. They just slowly affect you," Wusterbarth said.
To date, more than 30 sites in 15 communities across Michigan have confirmed PFAS contamination in the soil, groundwater or surface water. Uncertainty shrouds the sites as residents worry about their health and property, and question whether their government is doing enough to protect them.
I wonder why we don't just spontaneously explode sometimes, with all the stuff we just dump into the environment.