Featured Concerns for Montmorency County

Concerns for Montmorency County

Toxic PFAS can have incredibly harmful affects on your health.
The full impacts of PFAS exposure and contamination are still being studied, and will be for years to come. These invisible chemicals are a problem for humans of any age and for all living creatures. This is because PFAS collects in our bodies over time and can take years to leave. Because we are often exposed to different types of PFAS, they continuously add up in our bodies and in our bloodst…

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Do you know about toxic PFAS foam on lakes and rivers?
This summer, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recommends that Michiganders avoid foam on Michigan lakes, rivers, streams, and beaches. Foam can contain harmful chemicals, including high levels of PFAS. Natural foam is usually off-white or brown in color with an earthy or fishy scent, and collects in bays or dams. But foam that contains PFAS is typically a bright white col…

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How does PFAS affect hunting?
Recent studies have confirmed that PFAS can be found in our wildlife populations. This happens when animals consume water or food contaminated by PFAS. Sadly, this means that even the deer we hunt could be contaminated with toxic PFAS. Residents of Montmorency County hold around 2,400 hunting licenses, and hunters from all over the state have traveled Up North for generations to hunt. The Depa…

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How does PFAS impact seniors?
In Montmorency County, 29% of residents are over 65 years old. There is 1 contamination site in the county that negatively affects the health of residents, especially the senior population. Studies show that some common health impacts associated with PFAS exposure include liver damage, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, obesity, testicular and kidney cancer. The elderly are especially vulnerab…

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How does PFAS affect our drinking water?
Some drinking water wells may have PFAS in amounts that are high enough to cause concern for human health. About 75% of Michiganders get water from a public water supply. The rest of the state gets their water from private wells. Both can become contaminated by PFAS, so it is important to stay informed about drinking water in Montmorency County. There are strict drinking water standards that p…

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How does the presence of PFAS affect children?
There are many unknowns about the impacts of PFAS, but recent studies suggest that children are even more negatively affected by PFAS contamination than adults. In Michigan, 6.8% of the population are children under the age of 5 and could potentially be exposed to PFAS every day. In Montmorency County, this presents the opportunity for potential for exposure to children. Kids encounter more…

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