Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS are now raining down on the Great Lakes in quantities that have captured the attention of researchers in the US and Canada. MLive.com reported, “You can actually say it’s raining PFAS at this point,” said Marta Venier, an environmental chemist at Indiana University, speaking to reporters convened online by the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources (IJNR) in May.”
Dating back to August 2020, the Integrated Atmospheric Deposition Network (IADN), a program jointly funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Canadian authorities, has been analyzing PFAS in samples from five different states around the lakes region. According to MLive,
“The sites are located in Cleveland, Chicago, Sturgeon Point, N.Y., Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula and Eagle Harbor in the Upper Peninsula.
The team measured 38 different PFAS compounds in ambient air and rainwater. The total concentration in most samples ranged from 100 to about 400-ppt across the sites, with higher counts at urban compared to rural or remote sites.”
So… What Are PFAS? Why Should We Care What The Researchers Say?
On the surface, this looks like just another alarmist article about pollution and environmentalism, isn’t it kind of funny though that the jurisdictions involved have been largely Democrat-run for over a century though? From EPA.gov:
“Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many other chemicals. PFAS have been manufactured and used in a variety of industries around the globe, including in the United States since the 1940s. PFOA and PFOS have been the most extensively produced and studied of these chemicals. Both chemicals are very persistent in the environment and in the human body – meaning they don’t break down and they can accumulate over time. There is evidence that exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse human health effects.”
What are the “adverse human health effects“? Check this out:
- Infant birth weights,
- Effects on the immune system,
- Cancer (for PFOA)
- Thyroid hormone disruption (for PFOS).
So when do the protests start up? Are they going to be picketing and marching in Ottowa, Cleveland, Detroit, Buffalo and Chicago? Based upon scale and population numbers something like this should make Flint, Michigan look like a walk in the park, right? Here’s the problem: it isn’t to anyone’s political advantage to push this story.
Tony Spaniola, a PFAS activist and attorney said, “With all the industry around the Detroit area, particularly Downriver, I bet the numbers there are huge,” he said, particularly around the Marathon oil refinery, where huge amounts “mystery foam” later confirmed to be PFAS began oozing from an old sewer pipe in 2018, causing a closure of Schaefer Highway.”
“It’s everywhere,” Spaniola said. “I’m not happy to say that. It’s not good news. But it underscores how ubiquitous these chemicals are. They are everywhere.”
Don’t Hold Your Breath– It’s About Who You Know
The odds that the Biden-Harris regime are going to say boo are very, very slim. Why? One of the largest sources of PFAS or PFOA is called GenX, it’s made by DuPont.
The DuPont company has overwhelmingly donated to Democrats for decades, granted they donate to both parties but they favor Democrats 2 to 1 according to OpenSecrets. They gave Joe Biden $102,667 for the 2020 race and historically gave in huge amounts to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for their Presidential campaigns. But remember: our farmers are creating environmental racism, not those massive DNC donors…