Dec 21, 2017

Michigan Allocates Funding for Groundwater Contamination Research

The funding will go towards tackling the challenges presented by emerging contaminant PFAS

Michigan allocates funding for groundwater contamination research

On Dec. 21, Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation that allocates $23.2 million to combat groundwater contamination from polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in Michigan. Discovered in 28 sites throughout the state, PFAS have been a growing concern in recent years.

The funding will go towards expanding the the Michigan Departments of Environmental Quality (DEP) and Health and Human Services to purchase lab equipment, analyze more well water samples and develop more efficient emergency response strategies.

Recently, the PFAS found in wells just north of Grand Rapids in Plainfield Township, Mich., have raised concerns regarding the prevalence of the emerging contaminant and how to best manage it. Shoe manufacturer Wolverine Worldwide was found responsible for those spills and is working to cleanup the mess.