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22 Oct 2018

The Environment Report

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Michigan Radio's "The Environment Report" hosted by Rebecca Williams explores the relationship between the natural world and the everyday lives of people in Michigan. New episodes every Tuesday and Thursday.

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    PFAS causes 'Do not eat the fish' advisories

    The State of Michigan is finding industrial chemicals known as PFAS in the tissue of fish. So it's been issuing “Don’t Eat the Fish” advisories along lakes, rivers and streams. But there are concerns about whether state officials are doing as much as they should. Before we get too far into the story, we have to start with a little science. The reason PFAS chemical contamination in fish is such a concern is because of something called bioaccumulation . If there is a toxic substance in the river, all the organisms in the water get a bit of it. So, if a small fish eats something such as insect larvae, it’s taking in all the toxic material in the larvae. Then, when a bigger fish eats that small fish, it gets all the toxic substances from all the larvae the little fish ever ate. As that bigger fish eats more little fish, the toxic chemicals build up in that fish. You catch the fish. You eat it. You get concentrated PFAS chemicals in you. The more contaminated fish you eat, the more PFAS

  • Posted on 09 Oct 2018

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    PFAS: How much do residents trust state officials?

    UPDATE: This story was updated at 3:53 p.m. This week, the Environment Report is looking at industrial chemicals called per- and polyfluoralkyl substances – or PFAS. People all over Michigan have questions about these chemicals that are being found in their drinking water.

  • Posted on 05 Oct 2018

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    PFAS: What are the possible health risks?

    This week, we’re looking at PFAS chemicals: they're industrial chemicals that have contaminated water sources around the state. PFAS chemicals are used to make a lot of products stain and water resistant.

  • Posted on 04 Oct 2018

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    PFAS: Why are we suddenly hearing about this?

    There have been more news stories in recent months about water contamination from a group of industrial chemicals. PFAS chemical pollution seems to have come out of nowhere. That’s not exactly true. PFAS contamination has been known to be a problem. What's different is we’re discovering the problem is bigger than imagined.

  • Posted on 02 Oct 2018

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    PFAS: What is this stuff?

    In recent months, the State of Michigan has found several places where drinking water and fish are contaminated by a class of chemicals called PFAS. This pollution is coming from a variety of sources.

  • Posted on 01 Oct 2018

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