Pain, cancer, death: Michigan families devastated by toxic chemicals in their water

Pain, cancer, death: Michigan families devastated by toxic chemicals in their water

Sandy Wynn-Stelt at home in Belmont. ‘I’m sitting here full of this stuff and not knowing what it’s going to do to me five years, 10 years from now.’ Photograph: Tom Perkins

In the years before 2017, Sandy Wynn-Stelt and her husband had suspicions about the water they drew from a well on their House Street property in the Michigan town of Belmont. She attributed the bad taste to it … [more…]

Michigan Faces Another Toxic Water Crisis

photo: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Michigan Is Facing Another Toxic Water Crisis. Now Its Governor Wants A Chemical Company To Pay.

Now Its Governor Wants a Chemical Company to Pay

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has asked the state attorney general to sue chemical giant 3M, suggesting that the company must pay for making toxic chemicals that wound up in the drinking water. Towns across America are coming to grips with an alarming new source of water contamination: a common class of chemicals, called PFAS, implicated in long-term health effects.

In Michigan, … [more…]

PFAS1 found in drinking water wells in unexpected places

document: test result showing PFAS found in drinking water wells in unexpected places

Image: A PFAS water well result for a home in Courtland Township tested [by] Pace Analytical and sampled by Gordon Water Systems. (Courtesy)

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, MI — Katey Morse was wondering about cases of cancer among her neighbors when she decided to have her home’s drinking water well tested for fluorochemicals. Morse doesn’t live near the groundwater contamination plume in Belmont, but she does live a mile southwest of … [more…]