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State takes closer look at PFAS in public water supply

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MICHIGAN, (WNEM) -

The state has already pledged $1.7 million to search for PFAS in public water supplies, and now it's sharing that info online.

>>See the website<<

It's the latest effort to keep us informed as there's new concerns about the potentially harmful chemicals.

PFAS are found in firefighting foam used by airports and the military, including the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda.

>>Related: I-Team Report: Contaminated Waters<<

The compounds are also used in food packaging and many consumer products.

The problems have spurred action from lawmakers, who are concerned for the health of the public and veterans.

A recent study found the chemicals may be six times more dangerous than previously thought, but the federal government blocked its release.

The EPA held a summit on PFAS, but blocked members of congress and reporters from getting in.

The move prompted Congressman Dan Kildee to call for an investigation into the EPA and administrator Scott Pruitt.

>>Related: Kildee calls for investigation into EPA, administrator<<

In Michigan, the state has tested more than 30 sites for PFAS, including locations in Flint, Oscoda, Lapeer, Mt. Pleasant and Tawas.

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