Michigan team’s findings on PFAS contaminants could inform broader approach to mitigation

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is a class of toxic chemicals including byproducts from manufacturing non-stick household goods and waterproof fabrics. These manmade chemicals have been found in contamination sites in at least 40 states, where they can spread to enter the water supply. Many PFAS break down slowly and may build up in the bodies of wildlife and people. 

In 2017, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder established the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) to advise the state on how to identify and handle PFAS contamination.

David Savitz, associate dean for research at Brown University and a professor of epidemiology, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology, was appointed to lead the MPART Science Advisory Committee. The committee examined the effects of PFAS on human and environmental health and prepared a set of evidence-based recommendations for how to clean up the contamination. READ MORE