PFAS

PFAS

What We Know

Since the 1940’s a number of products made to repel oil and water, as well as fire retardants, contain the man-made chemicals, perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Today, PFAS are found in nonstick cookware,  flame- and water-resistant clothing, food wrappers, plumber’s tape, stain prevention products, and even coatings on wires. Unfortunately, now we know PFAS are toxic, harmful to human health, and extremely persistent in the environment.

According to the US EPA, a “certain number of PFAS chemicals are no longer manufactured in the US.”  However, since they are still produced internationally many imported products such as textiles like carpet and leather, may contain PFAS. Dispersal into the environment is not limited to industrial applications: these compounds are also frequently used in heavy equipment fluids (e.g., agricultural and logging machinery) and are even employed in so-called “silent” sports like skiing (fluorocarbon-type waxes) and biking (chain and gear lubricants). Well water in these rural areas can be prone to PFAS contamination due to their use. 

What is Freshwater Future is doing?

Coronavirus and PFAS Testing UPDATE

Freshwater Future’s PFAS testing program operates out of the University of Michigan Biological Station. The University of Michigan has temporarily closed the Biological Station due to the coronavirus, and we are currently unable to analyze PFAS tests until the lab reopens. Any samples that have been collected and that cannot be processed in the required time frame will need to be replaced with a new sample. Freshwater Future will send a replacement kit to you once the lab reopens. Thank you for your patience during these unprecedented times.

Please contact ann@freshwaterfuture.org with any questions.

Freshwater Future, partnering with the University of Michigan Biological Station, wants to ensure that residents using private wells are able to have their water tested, and make decisions for their families. We are offering reliable and affordable PFAS testing.

We are not currently accepting new orders for test kits due to COVID-19 concerns. Future test kits will be available – TBA.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Questions? Contact info@freshwaterfuture.org

Need help collecting your sample? Watch this video for a step-by-step guide on how to properly use your test kit! For more information on Freshwater Futures new PFAS test kits click here.

Resources On PFAS

Keep up to date on PFAS policy with Freshwater Future’s PFAS Policy Tracker.

Fish Advisories for the State of Michigan:  “Do Not Eat” advisories on fish

Michigan Public Water Supply PFAS Testing Data: Testing locations and data.  State of Michigan is currently testing more than 1,400 sources of public water supplies across the state. This list is updated as additional water supplies tested.

Center for Disease Control report on health impacts from PFAS exposure: Center for Disease Control (CDC): A Broad Overview of PFAS and its Health Implications

Is your tap water above the EPA reporting level? Check: EWG’s Tap Water Database

Comparison Data – PFAS Regulations in Great Lakes States and Canada

In the News

Michigan warns of PFAS levels in deer near Air Force Base

PFAS Found in Plating Plant Plume near Grand Rapids

CDC Finds Health Standard for PFAS To Low 

News Report:  Lower PFAS Action Level Needed

Locating PFAS: An Interactive Map on Pollution Across America

Lawmakers Create PFAS Task Force in House 

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