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EPA Region 5 state environmental agency directors meet in Cincinnati

May 2, 2019

An EPA Office of Research and Development official shows off the collection of water system pipes that his team is using to conduct research on lead and corrosion control.Director Liesl Clark and Chief Deputy Director Aaron Keatley represented the State of Michigan and EGLE last week at a meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, of EPA Region 5 leaders and the environmental leadership teams from Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

The two-day gathering provided participants the opportunity to share challenges and success stories from their states.? In addition to covering the latest developments on PFAS, lead, harmful algal blooms, and waters of the United States, conversations among state leaders focused on common issues shared across the region, including:

  • Nonattainment of the ground-level ozone standard;
  • Challenges in communicating with the public about complex environmental issues; and
  • Funding limitations and their impact on employee retention and service provision.

The meeting was held at the EPA Office of Research and Development’s laboratory, which specializes in a wide range of water-related research.? On the second day of the meeting, EPA researchers led attendees on a tour of the facility.? The tour highlighted EPA's:

  • Studies of lead pipes from major water supplies throughout the region, which are advancing our knowledge of corrosion control and ways to further reduce lead in drinking water; and
  • Cutting-edge research to improve PFAS testing methodologies and evaluate the efficiency of treatment technologies.

Beyond the knowledge that Clark and Keatley gained at the meeting and will share with EGLE staff, the relationships formed and strengthened in Cincinnati will help Michigan and the Region 5 states move forward together in protecting the Great Lakes watersheds.

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