PFAS Policy Tracker

Posted on February 5, 2019 by

Freshwater Future is committed to protecting drinking water and the Great Lakes. With all the legislative attention PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances) have been getting we decided to keep all our policy updates in one place! Check back here for updates on how the region and nation are responding to the PFAS crisis. You can read more about PFAS and what Freshwater Future is doing about it on our drinking water page.

Policy Updates: PFAS 2019

January 2019

  1. Debbie Dingell, U.S. Representative (D-Mi), sponsored a bill that would require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to designate per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980. (sources tell us this non-partisan bill is likely to pass along with other comprehensive toxin legislation from the federal government)

February 2019

  1. Michigan Gov. Whitner signed Executive Order 2019-3 strengthening the PFAS Action Response Team in an effort to educate the public about PFAS, locate contamination, and protecting drinking water.
  2. EPA releases the long-awaited PFAS Action Plan that falls short on any enforceable regulation.

March 2019

  1. Check out what leaders in your area are saying and doing about PFAS by using this interactive map.

If you know of policy updates you don’t see here or on our other blog posts, feel free to let our Staff Policy Associate, Izzy know. You can reach her at


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