Steve Sliver named as MPART executive director

For Immediate Release:
February 25, 2019                                                                                                                 

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DEQ Media Office, deq-assist@michigan.gov, 517-284-9278

LANSING, Mich -The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) today announced that Steve Sliver has been named as executive director of the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART).

A 32-year veteran of state government, Sliver is the former assistant director of MDEQ’s Waste Management and Radiological Protection Division. Sliver was assigned to MPART in April 2018 where he served as MDEQ’s senior representative within the organization. In that role, Sliver led several major MPART initiatives, including the recently completed sampling of public water systems and schools throughout the state for PFAS.

MDEQ Director Liesl Clark commented: “Steve will continue to bring his strong technical background and collaborative approach to the table as he takes on the added leadership responsibilities as the head of MPART. I have every confidence he will continue our shared mission of protecting the public from excessive PFAS exposures and establishing Michigan as a national leader in responding to these contaminants.”

Sliver takes over from former MPART executive director Carol Isaacs who retired at the end of 2018.

MPART was the first-of-its-kind PFAS taskforce in the nation when it was launched in 2017 through an Executive Directive by then-Governor Rick Snyder. MPART was reestablished by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2019 through Executive Order 2019-3 which made MPART a permanent advisory body within MDEQ.

PFAS compounds are a group of emerging and potentially harmful contaminants used in thousands of applications globally including firefighting foam, food packaging, and many other consumer products. These compounds also are used by industries such as tanneries, metal platers, and clothing manufacturers

For more information on PFAS and Michigan’s public water system testing program visit the MPART web site at: Michigan.gov/PFASresponse.

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