Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART)
As more sites are identified with PFAS contamination in Michigan, the state’s Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) is taking steps to communicate with state residents and interested parties. One such step is the creation of the PFAS Response website. This site provides information on PFAS sites in Michigan, health, wildlife, and testing and treatment. MPART published a statement on PFAS Testing and Treatment.
“The state of Michigan is working proactively to identify locations where PFAS may be present as a contaminant. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is conducting testing in drinking water, groundwater, lakes & streams, soils, sediments, wastewater, and the PFAS foam that can accumulate at lakes and rivers. MDEQ is also partnering with the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS), and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) to test fish and wildlife; MDHHS works with local health departments to issue any necessary health advisories.
Due to the widespread use of PFAS in multiple industries and products we use every day, there are specific precautions that must be taken when conducting sampling for these chemicals to avoid cross contamination. The MDEQ has developed specific PFAS sampling guidance documents for many different sample types. The state of Michigan is also committed to sharing information with residents regarding PFAS testing that is occurring throughout the state. See the navigation bar for more details on testing results.
In addition, while much is still in the development stages, there are some treatment options available for residents who are concerned about their drinking water. In-home water filtration systems are recommended to lower the levels of PFAS in drinking water. The state of Michigan has information on in-home water treatment. For additional information, reference the Frequently Asked Questions or visit the News and Education page.”
Merit Laboratories is committed to protecting the health and well-being of Michigan’s residents. As chemistry professionals committed to providing high quality analytical testing services, we understand the important role environmental laboratories play in protecting our environment. After all, our children, families, friends, and neighbors may be using the same water source that we are testing. Which is one of the reasons Merit Laboratories continuously invests in the latest instrumentation, method development procedures, and training to provide the most accurate data.
Merit is Michigan’s environmental laboratory for PFAS analytical testing, offering two analytical options for PFAS: EPA 537 and ASTM D7979 with Isotopic Dilution. Please contact Merit Laboratories to learn more how about it can assist you on your PFAS testing needs.