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Michigan PFAS Rules Public Meetings & How to Submit Comments

Posted on January 7, 2020 by

Michigan PFAS Rules Public Meetings

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) compounds are man-made chemicals found in nonstick cookware,  flame- and water-resistant clothing, food wrappers, plumber’s tape, stain prevention products, and even coatings on wires. Unfortunately, now we know PFAS are toxic, harmful to human health, and extremely persistent in the environment.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Drinking Water and Environmental Health Division are holding three public hearings on the proposed rules that would establish how much of seven PFAS compounds:

  • Can be in your drinking water,
  • How water utilities should sample for these compounds,
  • Certification criteria for labs sampling water potentially contaminated with PFAS, and
  • How the public should be made aware of contamination.

Meeting dates, times and locations:

  • Wednesday, January 8, 2020, from 5 pm-8 pm at Grand Valley State University, LV Eberhard Center, Room EC 215, 301 Fulton Street W., Grand Rapids, Michigan. This meeting also will be Livestream. Click here to sign-up for the Livestream option.

  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020, from 5 pm-8 pm at Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, ML Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor, Michigan.

  • Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 5pm-8pm at the Ralph A Macmullan Conference Center, Au Sable Room, 104 Conservation Dr., Roscommon, Michigan.


Submit your comments!

Don’t miss your chance to provide your comments about these important rules. You can attend one of the meetings above or submit your comments in writing by Friday, January 31, 2020, to EGLE-PFAS-RuleMaking@Michigan.gov.

To make it easier to submit comments, we’ve prepared a few items we are most concerned about in the proposed rules.  Please recommend that Michigan EGLE do the following:

  • Take a class-based approach to regulate PFAS in drinking water.

  • Ensure that the health-based value used to set the PFAS-class drinking water standard protects those most vulnerable to harm. 

  • Use the most recent science to set a health-based value PFAS-class drinking water standard. 

 

To view a calendar of all the events and meetings regarding the PFAS Rules public meetings click here.  Presentations from site-specific meetings may be found on MPART’s Public Presentations page.

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