Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS, also known as PFCs, have been classified by the US Environmental Protection Agency as an emerging contaminant on the national level. PFAS are a suite of chemicals historically used in thousands of places throughout the industrial, food, and textile industries. They break down very slowly in the environment and are highly soluble, easily transferring through soil to groundwater. PFAS contamination has been identified in several locations across the state of Michigan as a result of use in multiple industries across the State. PFAS is used in firefighting foams, food packaging, cleaning products, and various other products. It is also used by many industries such as plating, tanneries, or clothing manufacturers, where waterproofing may be required or a protective film is needed in a manufacturing process.
In recent years, experts have become increasingly concerned by the potential effects of high concentrations of PFAS on human health. Although there is more to learn about PFAS and human health, the State of Michigan takes this issue seriously and is one of the first states in the nation to establish limits on PFAS in drinking water.
Please read the Press Releases from the Grand Traverse County Health Department's Environmental Health Division:
- 7/26/18 Press Release about PFAS found in Blair Township.
- 7/30/18 Press Release - Update on PFAS Contamination Testing Results
Specific and additional information regarding Carl's Retreading location can be found here.
Learn more on the State of Michigan's response to PFAS on the
Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) website.
Additionally, more information about PFAS exposure and potential health risks can be found on the CDC's Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry or the EPA's Ground Water and Drinking Water webpage.