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The state of Michigan has approved new funding to collect and dispose of PFAS-containing foam. The seven-month program will safely dispose of more than 30,000 gallons of class B aqueous film forming foam (AFFF).

Firefighters use the PFAS-containing foam to extinguish gasoline, oil, and jet fuel. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) gave US Ecology of Livonia the $1.4 million contact.

side view of a red Detroit Fire Department Firetruck.
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A newspaper investigation has found the Michigan fire marshal's office hasn't performed annual inspections of churches, theaters, restaurants or other places of public assemblage as required by state law.

The Lansing State Journal reports that the Legislature has never funded the requirement. The state fire marshal's office alleges local fire departments perform the inspections.

But surveys show that most fire departments statewide are all-volunteer with no inspectors on staff.