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“The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a rule that will designate two ‘forever chemicals’ as dangerous.

PFOA and PFOS are PFAS chemicals which are used in common products such as non-stick coatings, food packaging and firefighting foam. They linger in the environment and are linked to increased cancers and other health disorders.

Tony Spaniola is the co-chair of the Great Lakes PFAS Action Network and owns property in Oscoda, near the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base – where PFAS contamination was first reported in 2010. He said the proposed rule would create a federal standard for PFAS cleanup.

‘It’s important to create financial incentives for polluters to clean up the problem,’ said Spaniola, ‘and to also address the economic harms that they’ve literally dumped on our communities. They left us holding the bag for way too long. And now the day of reckoning is coming.’

According to the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team, there are 228 sites contaminated with PFAS in the state. And researchers say more than 90% of Americans have PFAS in their bloodstream.” …