Drinking Water Rule Promulgation

New rules promulgated or proposed for public water supplies update the provisions of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act.  New rules are promulgated under authority conferred on the Director of EGLE by Section 5 of the Safe Drinking Water Act, 1976 PA 399, as amended (Act 399), identified as R 325.10101 through R 325.12820. Modified and new rules are published on the Michigan Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules (MOAHR) website.

Supplying Water to the Public: Proposed PFAS drinking water standards

2019-035 EG:  To establish enforceable drinking water standards for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) found during the 2018 sampling of Michigan’s public drinking water supplies. While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has established an unenforceable lifetime health advisory level for total perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), many academia, health officials, and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ASTDR) deem this advisory level is too high. In addition, the lack of an enforceable standard for PFOS and PFOA and other commonly found PFAS chemicals impairs EGLE’s ability to take enforceable actions to protect human health and the environment. How PFAS State Drinking Water Standards Affect Part 201 Generic Cleanup Criteria and Surface Water Quality Standards (PDF)

Rule Promulgation Timeline

1. Formal Request for Rulemaking: 3/26/2019 

2. Stakeholder Process: July through September 2019

3. Draft rules and Regulatory Impact Statement filed with MOAHR:  Nov-Dec 2019

4. Public Comment Period:  Ended January 31, 2020

5. Public Hearing: three public hearings were held in January 2020

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Drinking Water and Environmental Health
Division held three information meetings and public hearings on the dates and at the locations listed below from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The hearings were held to receive public comments on proposed changes to the rules titled Supplying Water to the Public.   (1/6/2020 Press Release) 

Notice of Public Hearing (PDF) 

Information Meeting and Hearing Agenda

Public Hearing Dates and Locations

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Thursday, January 16, 2020 

Grand Valley State University
LV Eberhard Center Room EC 215
301 Fulton St. W
Grand Rapids 

Recording of This Session

Washtenaw Community College
Morris Lawrence Building Towsley Auditorium
4800 E Huron River Dr
Ann Arbor

Ralph A. MacMullan (RAM)
Conference Center Au Sable Classroom
104 Conservation Dr.

Public Information Presentation from January 8 Session

6. Final rules filed with MOAHR:  July 27, 2020

7. New rules effective date:  August 3, 2020