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Lawmakers say they'll consider regulating PFAS chemicals

Oct 9, 2018
A map of Michigan shows several orange dots denoting locations where PFAS has been discovered.
Kaye LaFond / Michigan Radio

Lawmakers at the state capitol are expected to take a deeper look at regulating a class of chemicals known as PFAS.

The chemicals have been found in drinking water, surface water, and groundwater throughout the state. Republican leaders in Lansing say they plan to hear testimony this fall on the effects of PFAS chemicals, and they’ll decide whether to set rigorous standards for cleanup of the chemicals.

Republican Gary Howell is from Lapeer County. He chairs the state House Natural Resources Committee.


Today on Stateside, Democratic nominee Elissa Slotkin on why she's running in Michigan's 8th Congressional District, one of the most expensive races in the country. Plus, Washtenaw County Department of Veterans Affairs director Michael Smith talks about how a shortage of qualified staff makes it harder for Michigan veterans to determine their eligibility for federal VA benefits. 

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. 

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Michigan’s major party candidates for governor are skirmishing over who would do a better job of protecting health care coverage.

Democratic candidate Gretchen Whitmer has been running a TV ad attacking Republican candidate Bill Schuette’s record on health care. In it, she accuses Schuette of supporting letting insurance companies who want to deny coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.


Today on Stateside, pollster Richard Czuba on how news consumers should be looking at media coverage of polls in 2018. Plus, Stateside kicks off a week-long series about the challenges Michigan veterans face connecting with VA benefits after returning to civilian life. Two veterans, one who served in Vietnam and one who served in Iraq, discuss their experiences navigating life after returning home from war. 

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. 

Kent Hills Elementary in Grand Rapids
Bryce Huffman / Michigan Radio

Grand Rapids Public Schools is investigating a teacher who allegedly assaulted an eight-year-old student.

This is the second time Robert Spaeth has been accused of physically hurting a student.

Lawrence Dolph in 1969 (L) and now.
Courtesy of Lawrence Dolph

There are about six hundred thousand veterans in Michigan. That's the 11th highest in the nation, according to the U.S. Census. Yet Michigan has consistently ranked in the bottom five states and territories when it comes to helping veterans and their families access federal veteran benefits. These are benefits that could bring much needed assistance with finances, employment, and health care, to name a few.

Bill Schuette
Detroit Public Television

Republican candidate for governor Bill Schuette says the state budget needs to be looked at from top to bottom to find more money for fixing roads and infrastructure in Michigan. But increasing taxes is out, flat out, as an option.

sign that says "vote here"
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The November election is weeks away, and Tuesday is the last day for Michigan residents to register to vote.

The election will decide the state’s next governor, attorney general and secretary of state among many other races.

State House and Senate, U.S. Senate and ballot initiatives – oh my.

After a high turnout in the primary, Michigan’s former state Elections Director is predicting about four million voters will head to the polls on November 6th – which would be a pretty high turnout for a midterm.


A state panel rejected recall petition language to remove Jackson County’s sheriff from office Monday.

The recall language says Sheriff Steven Rand is a "multifaceted bigot," who has made numerous slurs against blacks, gays, women and others.

picture of Lansing capitol building
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

Lawmakers in Lansing are still deciding whether to change criminal penalties surrounding disclosing one’s HIV status.

The state House recently passed a group of bills aimed at modernizing the state’s policy on HIV.

But two bills that were originally part of the package are still in committee.  Those would lower criminal penalties for people who knowingly and intentionally spread HIV to another person. Right now, it’s a felony to do that.