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MPART Executive Director Sliver: Multi-agency approach to PFAS contamination changing how states respond to emerging contaminants

MPART Exec Director Steve Sliver (l) joins EGLE Director Clark at brown bag lunchMichigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) Executive Director Steve Sliver joined the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) director Liesl Clark and EGLE staff for a brownbag lunch recently at Constitution Hall.

A 30-plus-year veteran of EGLE, Sliver talked about how MPART’s multi-agency approach to investigating and responding to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination is changing paradigms in how states can respond to emerging contaminants. Several states have already approached Sliver in hopes of copying the MPART model and he’s a frequent witness before congressional committees in Washington, D.C., looking to raise national awareness about PFAS.

The bipartisan support EGLE has experienced in Michigan and Washington is rare and appreciated for an emerging environmental issue, he said.

"The key lesson of MPART is how it is breaking down the silos of government so we can communicate and cooperate within and across agency lines in a nimble and flexible manner," Sliver said. "My work in MPART has really opened my eyes to all the good work EGLE does. I am very impressed with our staff and the work they do."

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