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Ananich blames 'a culture' for state handling of Flint River PFAS data

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Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio

State Senator Jim Ananich (D-Flint) would like to see legislative hearings this fall into a report that state officials were aware of high PFAS levels detected in the Flint River before the city of Flint starting using it as its drinking water source.

MLive.com reports, while state officials were aware of the test results, they did not appear to inform Flint city leaders.

Ananich sees it as part of a pattern under the Snyder administration.

“There’s no way a bureaucrat comes up with that kind of philosophy on their own,” says Ananich, “That’s a culture that’s been created.”

PFAS are manmade chemicals that have been linked to numerous health problems, including cancer.

In recent years, a growing number of PFAS contaminated sites and waterways have been identified in Michigan.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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