EPA Issues Guidance for PFAS Groundwater Contamination with Draft Interim Recommendations

EPA Issues Guidance for PFAS Groundwater Contamination with Draft Interim Recommendations

The U.S. EPA has released draft recommendations for addressing groundwater contaminated with PFAS. The draft guidance specifically addresses perfluoroctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluoroctane sulfonate (PFOS) at contaminated sites falling under federal cleanup programs. 

2019 Bioremediation Symposium Brings Together 700 Professionals from 28 Countries

2019 Bioremediation Symposium Brings Together 700 Professionals from 28 Countries

International scientific leaders are coming together to participate in the 2019 Bioremediation Symposium and Sustainable Environmental Technologies. Merit Laboratories will be attending this international symposium, which is being held April 15-18 in Baltimore.

Michigan Sets New PFAS Health Screening Levels for Drinking Water

Michigan Sets New PFAS Health Screening Levels for Drinking Water

The State of Michigan has lowered the drinking water health screening levels for PFAS. These new levels replace the federal advisory guidelines of a combined 70 ppt for PFOA and PFOS that the state had been using since January 2018.

Michigan to Establish PFAS Drinking Water MCLs

Michigan to Establish PFAS Drinking Water MCLs

The MDEQ has been directed by the governor to begin the process of creating PFAS drinking water standards.  The MDEQ will file a Request for Rulemaking to establish maximum contaminant levels (MCLs). As part of the  governor’s direction, the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) will form a science advisory workgroup to review health-based drinking water standards to support the rulemaking process and make recommendations by July 1.

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.