Flashpoint 11/18/18: Lessons learned from trying to lure Amazon to Detroit; danger of PFAs

Watch Flashpoint every Sunday at 10 a.m. on Local 4

Guests will discuss the danger of PFAs and the lessons learned from trying to lure Amazon to Detroit.

DETROIT - Here is what you missed on Sunday's edition of Flashpoint:

We are all learning more and more about PFAs.  PFAs stands for per- and polyfluoralkyl substances. These are manmade chemicals that are used in furniture, water and oil repellents, fire retardants and nonstick cookware. These are among the most widely used chemicals in the world. They are not biodegradable, however, and they seem to show up everywhere in the environment, in animals and in us.

A 2015 study found PFAs in 97 percent of human blood samples. 

At a recent meeting on PFAs, a specialist with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Robert Delaney, talked about the fear and anger that he felt as he realized the scale of our problem. Delaney made an appearance on Flashpoint Sunday morning to talk about what we do and do not know.

There was a lot of fuss about trying to lure Amazon to Detroit. Was that a waste of time that played right along with Amazon's game, or was it a valuable exercise in taking stock of our region's strengths and weaknesses? A panel of guests discussed on topic on Flashpoint. 

The panelists included John Gallagher, columnist, Detroit Free Press; Chad Livengood, reporter, Crain's Detroit Business; and Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. 

Lastly, in less than a week, it is one of the best days of any year in the city of Detroit. We're so excited, as always, to bring you America's Thanksgiving Parade. News coverage starts at 6 a.m., with the parade and performances at 9 a.m.  

Segment 1: 

  • Robert Delaney, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Segment 2: 

  • John Gallagher, columnist, Detroit Free Press; Chad Livengood, reporter, Crain's Detroit Business; and Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. 

Segment 3:

  • Flashpoint host Devin Scillian wraps up this week's episode.

 


Flashpoint is hosted by WDIV Local 4 anchor Devin Scillian. Watch Flashpoint on WDIV at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

 

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