May 21, 2020

Michigan State Creates Center for PFAS Research

A group of researchers at Michigan State University have formed the Michigan State Center for PFAS Research

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A group of researchers at Michigan State University is collaborating to form the Michigan State Center for PFAS Research, reported the school.

The main goals of the Center for PFAS Research, according to the Michigan State University website, is to deliberate the risk of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and mitigate its impacts on human health, agriculture and natural resources.

 Researchers will try to, according to Michigan State:

  • Quantify exposure and risk for humans, livestock, crops, fish and wildlife.
  • Develop and test remediation strategies and technologies.
  • Explore safer PFAS alternatives.

“We’re assembling a unique and diverse group of researchers to study this problem,” said Cheryl Murphy, a professor in the Michigan State department of fisheries and wildlife. “MSU is especially equipped to tackle such a formidable task because of our land-grant focus on research and outreach, and our leading programs in agriculture, health and natural resources.”

An Environmental Working Group survey found that Michigan is home to more PFAS contamination sites than any other state in the U.S.

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So far, the center consists of 15 researchers representing several colleges and departments at Michigan State, including: chemistry, human medicine and packaging, and more. The center is supported by MSU AgBioResearch, which provides research support to scientists across the Michigan State campus.

“This is an emerging area of concern for the state of Michigan and the entire U.S.,” said George Smith, associate director of MSU AgBioResearch. “Given the wealth of expertise around the university, the Center for PFAS Research is positioned to become an important factor in the creation of PFAS standards as well as a catalyst to forming key partnerships within academia, state and federal government, public health and industry.”

MSU researchers are working with state government and other stakeholders with an interest in PFAS, according to the Center for PFAS Research. The school previously released news in February of its efforts to research, understand and mitigate PFAS, according to the website. 

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