2021 By the Numbers: MPART leading state in PFAS response
January 05, 2022
(This is the first in a series of "By the Numbers" items that will summarize EGLE's work in 2021.)
The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) is an enduring advisory body to address the threat of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) contamination in Michigan. MPART is tasked with protecting public health and ensuring the safety of Michigan's land, air, and water, while facilitating interagency coordination, increasing transparency, and requiring clear standards to ensure accountability.
In Fiscal Year 2021, MPART led the state in:
- Collecting 723 water samples from lakes and streams-and 878 fish-for PFAS analysis. That is 155 more surface water samples than 2020 and 364 more fish than 2020.
- Monitoring PFAS levels in our 2,700 public water supplies under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
- Sampling 440 residential wells and resampling 1,682 residential wells previously investigated for PFAS.
- Providing 157 filter systems and 490 replacement cartridges to Michigan households.
- Awarding grants and loans totaling more than $18 million for infrastructure projects specifically designed to address PFAS.
- 1,305 residents participating in the Michigan PFAS Exposure and Assessment Study (MiPEHS) and seven fire departments to participate in the PFAS in Firefighters in Michigan (PFOMs) project.
- Taking 165 biosolids samples from 157 wastewater treatment plants, and sampling the influent, effluent and sludge at 44 wastewater treatment plants.
- Sampling 28 permitted dischargers and conducting inspections at 28 industrial sources to pinpoint the source of PFAS.
- Implementing PFAS testing at 19 airports.
- Maintaining one of the most robust PFAS web sites in the country and adding layers of data for public use.
Check out the MPART fact sheet for even more statistics.
Caption: PFAS surface water sampling.