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Toxicology and Assessment Section

The Toxicology and Assessment Section supports DEH activities with expertise in toxicology and risk assessment. The section’s work includes assessing and making public health determinations for Superfund sites, PFAS sites, and other sites with environmental contamination.

Toxicology and Assessment Section units include:

Environmental Assessment and ATSDR Unit

Andrea Keatley, Unit Manager – 517-284-1273

The Environmental Assessment and ATSDR Unit works under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and works independently to provide:

Environmental Site Contamination Unit

William Farrell, Unit Manager – 517-284-0018

Environmental Site Contamination Unit toxicologists work with local public health, environmental state and federal regulatory agencies, and local units of government (e.g., public water utilities) to evaluate and make public health recommendations related to environmental exposures to PFAS and other hazardous substances.

The unit’s toxicologists:

  • coordinate PFAS public health response actions within the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART), community engagement, local health departments, and Potentially Responsible Parties (PRP), if applicable.
  • participate in public meetings, seminars, and other educational presentations intended to inform and educate community members on PFAS exposures.
  • prepare Letter Health Consultations (LHC), Health Consultations (HC), and Public Health Assessments (PHA) to document public health conclusions and recommendations.
  • participate in other technical support activities, including participation in the various multi-agency workgroups established under MPART to research, identify, and provide recommendations that address the threat of PFAS contamination in Michigan.

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