Alma College students along with partner organizations are raising funds for 1,000 people to have their blood tested for PBB from the Velsicol site in St. Louis.
“The results of the blood test can help explain health issues and grant peace of mind,” says Abigail Fergus, a member of the Pine River Superfund Citizen Task Force and the Alma College student organization Climate Change Action Network. “However, the $300 cost is prohibitive to many.
“Emory University conducts PBB related research and works with the Pine River Superfund Citizen Task Force regularly,” says Fergus. “We are working with them to obtain funding to provide more Michigan residents with the opportunity to participate in PBB health research.”
A Pine River Cook Out to raise awareness and launch the fundraising effort is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8 at Leppien Park in St. Louis. As part of the event, a resident who had his blood tested for PBB will speak on how that has benefited him. Admission is open to the public, with a $2 minimum donation. If the weather is adverse, the event will move to St. Louis City Hall.
The Cook Out is sponsored by the Pine River Superfund Citizen Task Force, Emory University and the Climate Change Action Network.