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Brinks to hold PFAS town hall, share latest on clean-up efforts

People with concerns about PFAS contamination and what officials are doing to clean-up can get their questions answered at a town hall meeting Thursday evening.

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A PFAS town hall happening Thursday evening is giving West Michiganders the chance to have a one-on-one with officials working to clean-up toxic PFAS contamination in local drinking water. 

State Sen. Winnie Brinks, D-Grand Rapids, is hosting the town hall event at the East Grand Rapids Commission Chambers, located 750 Lakeside Drive SE. It will be from 5 until 7:30 p.m.

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Attendees will be able to hear some of the latest information and action plans for cleaning up PFAS in the local drinking water. Several representatives of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will be available to speak one-on-one about individual health questions or concerns for 60 minutes before the town hall begins. The conversations will be on a first come, first serve basis.

During the town hall, representatives of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (formerly the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality) will present information on contamination in Cascade Twp. and the Thornapple River. The Michigan DHHS will present an update on new screening guidelines and the Kent County exposure assessment. The public will be able to ask questions and provide comment.

Richard Rediske, Ph.D., who is a professor of water resources at Grand Valley State University, also will be available to answer questions from the audience.


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