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Whitmer Orders State Of Michigan To Establish PFAS Standards

Mar 27, 2019

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Michigan will move on its own to establish state drinking water standards for PFAS chemicals.  That order came yesterday from Governor Gretchen Whitmer.


Governor Whitmer has ordered the state Department of Environmental Quality to come up with rules due to foot-dragging at the EPA.  

Scott Dean is with the state Department of Environmental Quality.

“This is still quite a new area for a number of states.  In fact, most states don’t have any type of drinking water standards, nor does EPA, when it comes to PFAS.”

PFAS chemicals are linked to a variety of health problems, including testicular cancer.  The goal is to have proposed rules ready by October.  The rules would then have to be approved by a legislative committee.  That still would make Michigan one of the first states to establish its own PFAS drinking water standards.

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