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League Of Women Voters To Host Virtual Forum On Toxic Groundwater Chemicals

By Beth Milligan | Jan. 18, 2021

The League of Women Voters/Grand Traverse Area will host a virtual forum Tuesday with presenter Dave Dempsey on the topic of toxic chemicals present in Michigan groundwater.

Almost 50 years ago, Michigan suffered one of the worst human exposures to a toxic chemical in its history when PBB accidently entered the state’s food supply. In more recent years, exposure to PBDEs and PFAS has raised additional questions about the dangers persistent chemicals present to human health. Dave Dempsey is a senior policy advisor for the Traverse City-based For Love of Water (FLOW) and has served as an environmental advisor to Michigan Governor James Blanchard, as an environmental specialist for the International Joint Commission, as a member of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, and as a staff member of the Michigan Environmental Council and Clean Water Action. He is the author of 10 books, including three about the Great Lakes. 

The League of Women Voters/Grand Traverse Area forum will take place Tuesday from 12-1:30pm and can be viewed on the Traverse Area Community Media Facebook page, on Zoom, or on Community TV Channel 189 (with Spectrum cable). Questions can be asked on Zoom or in the Facebook comments. A recording will also be available after the event at the TACM website.

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