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Snyder Calls For PFAS Readiness And Response Plan

Oct 3, 2018

DEQ geologist investigates steel drums for potential PFAS contamination.
Credit Michigan DEQ / flickr.com

The governor wants to make sure state departments and local agencies can respond to areas contaminated with PFAS chemicals as quickly as possible.  The industrial chemicals have been found in more than 30 locations across the state.  Governor Rick Snyder has issued a directive calling on state departments and agencies to create a readiness and response plan.


In 2017, the governor created the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team to investigate and take action on a state level.  Now he wants the state agencies in the response team to coordinate with local agencies and figure out best response practices.  The idea is to make sure everyone is on the same page if PFAS chemicals are found in their area.  

Ari Adler is a spokesperson for Governor Rick Snyder.

“We want to be ready in case something else happens, how do we respond as quickly and effectively as possible and that’s what this is about.”

The plan also calls for the state health department to set aside money in its 2019 budget for a fund that local governments can draw from to help with contamination.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org