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Bag of popcorn with Albertsons logos

When you walk into Albertsons or one of its subsidiary grocery stores, like Safeway, VONS, Jewel-Osco, Acme or Shaw’s, you expect the products on the shelves to be safe.

But new laboratory testing indicated the likely presence of PFAS chemicals in samples of the company’s store-brand products and food service ware it uses. These chemicals have been linked to cancer, liver damage and immune suppression.

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PFAS or per and poly-fluoroalkyl substances can be toxic to humans and yet they are found in our food packaging (pizza boxes, bakery paper, microwave popcorn bags, and more).

PFAS been linked to:

Pile of cololrful plastic bottles. Photo Credit: Don Pablo/Shutterstock

Michigan’s bottle deposit law, the “bottle bill” was passed by Michigan voters with broad bipartisan support to address litter and provide funding to cleanup our water. For years, Clean Water Action has advocated for expanding the bottle bill to include noncarbonated beverages. But today, the bottle bill is under attack in Lansing and we need your help to fight back! Contact your lawmakers today (link to action)

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Clean Water Action and our allies have led efforts during this year’s General Assembly session to address toxic per and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances by pressing for legislation to study the occurrence of these chemicals in Virginia’s public drinking water, and to address sources of human exposure.

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What we use every day effects the environment.  Single use items such as packaging, paper cups, plastic take out containers, etc.

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Help get a budget proposal that includes record-breaking funding for protecting our natural resources in Virginia across the finish line!

PA Coke Works

Over this past Christmas, residents in the Mon Valley suffered from nearly a week of unhealthy air pollution levels – violating federal Clean Air Act standards. The main culprit was the U.S. Steel Clairton Coke Works, one of the largest single sources of air pollution in Allegheny County. Despite fines and legal actions, U.S. Steel has failed to clean up their plant which has long subjected residents in Clairton and throughout Allegheny County to pollution that can cause asthma attacks, heart attacks, and strokes.

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Michigan has been a leader in addressing PFAS. In the summer of 2019 the Whitmer Administration began to create Michigan’s first-ever enforceable drinking water standards for PFAS chemicals. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has finalized the draft MCL (maximum contaminant level) and opened it up for public comments. Now it’s your turn to get involved.

Lake Michigan, photo: flickr.com/elviskennedy  (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Our state is defined by water, and in Michigan our water belongs to the people. But we don’t always act like water is our most importance resource.