Concerns in Sanilac County

Featured Concerns for Sanilac County

Concerns for Sanilac 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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Toxic Foam on Lakes and Rivers + PFAS
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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Children + PFAS
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 Sanilac County, 5% of the population are children under the age of 5 that could potentially be exposed to PFAS every day. With 1 contamination site in Sanilac County, this presents potential for exposure to children. Kids encount…

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Drinking Water + PFAS
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 informer about drinking water in Sanilac County. There are strict drinking water standards that put a…

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Farming + PFAS
In April 2022, a new report released by a nonprofit group called Environmental Working Group determined that up to 20 million acres of farmland across the United States are contaminated with PFAS. The state of Michigan has nearly 10 million acres of farmland, and Sanilac County has 436,511 acres of farmland or food cultivation areas. Sadly these lands are not immune to the toxic effects of PFA…

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Seniors + PFAS
In Sanilac County, 20% 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 vulnerable t…

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