April 18, 2019
On March 28, the Office of Regulatory Reinvention approved a request for rulemaking to establish enforceable drinking water standards for PFAS found during the 2018 sampling of Michigan’s public drinking water supplies.
To prepare for this rulemaking, the Environmental Rules Review Committee (ERRC) received an introduction to PFAS at its April 15 meeting. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality presenters were Steve Sliver, Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) Executive Director, and Eric Oswald, Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance Division Director. MPART is comprised of representatives from multiple agencies. MPART is addressing the threat of PFAS contamination in Michigan and protecting public health.
The presentations explained how PFAS is being introduced into environment, the results of the comprehensive sampling effort, and human exposure and health outcomes. MPART created a Scientific Advisory Workgroup to recommend health-based PFAS standards that they will present at a joint meeting of MPART and the ERRC that is tentatively scheduled for June 27. A stakeholder group will develop draft rules during the summer, and the ERRC will review the proposed rules in the fall followed by public input. Final rule adoption is expected in 2020.