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Environment & Climate Change

DEQ responds to charges of slow action and cozy relationship with polluter Wolverine Worldwide

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A DEQ geologist checks for potential PFAS contamination in a body of water in Michigan.

A state website reports there are 28 sites in 15 communities with known PFAS contaminated levels in the water. 

PFAS is an acronym for a group of widely used industrial chemicals known as per-and-polyfluoroalkyl substances. The department has been accused of being too slow in clean up and too cozy with polluters.

Kathleen Shirey, the acting director of the Remediation and Redevelopment Division at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), joined Stateside to discuss the PFAS contamination problem across the state, why it has taken the DEQ so long to respond to the contamination sites, and why it's been working so closely with Wolverine Worldwide

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