Senate Legislation Keeps PFAS on track to be Designated as Hazardous Substances under Superfund

 Senate Legislation Keeps PFAS on track to be Designated as Hazardous Substances under Superfund

The United States Senate introduced legislation that would classify PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances under the Superfund (CERLCA/SARA).  The legislation, if enacted, provides an enforcement and cost recovery tool for the U.S. EPA to track down polluters and hold them responsible for clean-up costs associated with PFAS contamination.

Michigan PFAS Advisory Report Highlights Proactive Approach to Protecting State Residents

Michigan PFAS Advisory Report Highlights Proactive Approach to Protecting State Residents

Last month, Merit Laboratories introduced you to the advisory report on the Scientific Evidence and Recommendations for Managing PFAS Contamination in Michigan. The report, authored by the Michigan PFAS Science Advisory Panel with support from state agency staff, provides a detailed look at Michigan’s PFAS contamination crisis. 

U.S. EPA Releases First-Ever PFAS Action Plan

 U.S. EPA Releases First-Ever PFAS Action Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its PFAS Action Plan for addressing the Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) challenges facing the nation. The PFAS Action Plan addresses short-term solutions for addressing PFAS and long-term strategies that will help provide the tools and technologies needed to provide clean drinking water and address PFAS prevention and contaminant control at the source.

MDEQ slated to become the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) in April

 MDEQ slated to become the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) in April

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order that will restructure the Department of Environmental Quality as the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).  Governor Whitmer’s executive order also establishes three new offices within the EGLE.

Congressional PFAS Task Force Formed; Michigan Representatives Leading the Charge

Congressional PFAS Task Force Formed; Michigan Representatives Leading the Charge

Congressional representatives from Michigan in the United States House of Representatives are leading the charge in the bipartisan creation of a PFAS Task Force in congress to address the national public health threat posed by PFAS substances.  The PFAS task force is being led by Rep. Dan Kildee (MI-Flint).

Flint River Watershed Coalition Plans an Exciting 2019

Flint River Watershed Coalition Plans an Exciting 2019

The Flint River Watershed Coalition (FRWC) is a leading community-based advocate for clean water resources.  The FRWC promotes efforts to protect, promote, and improve the area’s ecosystem through partnership, public education, scientific projects, and community involvement. FRWC believes that all people should have access to the river for recreation, swimming, and fishing as well as the economic value it provides to our communitie

Report on Scientific Evidence and Recommendations for Managing PFAS Contamination in Michigan released by PFAS Science Advisory Panel

Report on Scientific Evidence and Recommendations for Managing PFAS Contamination in Michigan released by PFAS Science Advisory Panel

A panel of scientists have released an advisory report  on the Scientific Evidence and Recommendations for Managing PFAS Contamination in Michigan. The report is authored by the Michigan PFAS Science Advisory Panel with support from state agency staff. Over the next few months, Merit Laboratories will provide detailed overviews of this report to provide a close look at the scientific panel’s findings, studies, and recommendations.

Wolverine Tannery PFAS Investigation Update from the U.S. EPA and MDEQ

 Wolverine Tannery PFAS Investigation Update from the U.S. EPA and MDEQ

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued an update for the on-going investigation into PFAS contamination at the Wolverine Worldwide Tannery and House Street site in Rockford, Michigan. According to the update, the contamination comes from Wolverine Worldwide’s former tannery in Rockford and a waste dump known as the House Street Disposal Area in Belmont. 

PFAS Exposure Study Assessment for Kent County

PFAS Exposure Study Assessment for Kent County

Residents living in northern Kent County are being recruited to participate in a PFAS Exposure Assessment. The exposure assessment, conducted by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Kent County Health Department (KCHD), will evaluate the relationship between drinking water contaminated with PFAS and the amount of PFAS in the body.