Jan 14, 2020

Michigan Officials Seek PFAS Limits Feedback

Michigan officials are seeking feedback on proposed per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) limits.

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Michigan officials are seeking more feedback on proposed limits for PFAS on Tuesday, Jan. 14, reported Booth Newspapers.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) is giving a presentation and holding a public hearing from 5 until 8 p.m. at Washtenaw Community College. The meeting takes place at Towsley Auditorium in the Morris Lawrence Building, according to Booth Newspapers.

“In the state that houses 84% of the nation’s freshwater, it is unfathomable that PFAS contamination impacts the drinking water of more than 1.9 million Michiganders,” said the Michigan League of Conservation Voters (LCV) on a Facebook page promoting the event. “We can’t delay action on protecting the health of our communities any longer.”

The meeting will be live-streamed here, reported Booth Newspapers. Those who are unable to attend can submit comments online here.

“Michigan should be leading the country on setting the toughest standards for toxic PFAS,” the LCV said. “Unfortunately, the proposed rules are not strong enough to protect public health, particularly infants and pregnant women. We need your help to tell EGLE to pass stronger standards.”

Michigan began drafting maximum contaminant levels last spring for seven different PFAS compounds following expert toxicology reviews that started in 2018, according to Booth Newspapers.

The meeting is the second in a series of three public hearings the state is holding. The first took place Jan. 8, 2020 in Grand Rapids and the next is scheduled for Jan. 16 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center near Roscommon.

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