Launched in 2017, the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) is the first multi-agency action team of its kind in the nation. Agencies representing heath, environment and other branches of state government have joined together to investigate sources and locations of PFAS contamination in the state, to take action to protect people's drinking water, and to keep the public informed as we learn more about this emerging contaminant.
Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as PFCs, have been classified by the US Environmental Protection Agency as an emerging contaminant on the national level. PFAS are a suite of chemicals historically used in thousands of applications throughout the industrial, food, and textile industries. They break down very slowly in the environment and are highly soluble, easily transferring through soil to groundwater. PFAS contamination has been identified in several locations across the state of Michigan as a result of use in multiple industries across the State. PFAS is used in firefighting foams, food packaging, cleaning products, and various other products. It is also used by many industries such as plating, tanneries, or clothing manufacturers, where waterproofing may be required or a protective film is needed in a manufacturing process.
In recent years, experts have become increasingly concerned by the potential effects of high concentrations of PFAS on human health. Although there is more to learn about PFAS and human health, the State of Michigan takes this issue seriously and is one of the first states in the nation to establish limits on PFAS in drinking water.
Governor Snyder and the State of Michigan are taking action to address this issue in a proactive and innovative way. Ten state departments, in coordination with local and federal officials across Michigan, are working together to ensure that the public health and safety of residents is protected while ensuring our environmental heritage is secure for generations of Michiganders to come.
- Press Release: Gov. Rick Snyder creates action team to enhance coordination in statewide response to nationally emerging contaminant
- Press Release: Gov. Rick Snyder signs supplemental funding providing statewide support for PFAS response
The executive directive below is intended to address the need for cooperation and coordination among agencies at all levels of government charged with identifying PFAS contaminants, informing and empowering the public, and mitigating the potential effects. Particularly in view of the current lack of nationwide best practice, the directive will further serve to set a strategic and proactive approach against this emerging contaminant.
The development and maintenance of cooperative relationships among local, state, and federal agencies is necessary for the mitigation of PFAS contamination. MPART works with many federal agencies like the EPA and Department of Defense on this emerging issue in addition to several local health agencies throughout the state.
- US Environmental Protection Agency PFAS Information
The Scientific Advisory Committee to MPART will be led by Dr. David Savitz of Brown University’s School of Public Health and academic advisor to MPART. It will convene Michigan and national PFAS experts to review available science and make recommendations for Michigan’s statewide response. The committee will coordinate and review medical and environmental health PFAS science and develop evidence-based recommendations. This committee has been charged with completing their review and making recommendations within the next six months.
The Local Public Health Advisory Committee to MPART will be led by Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. It will coordinate and exchange information between state and local public health leadership specifically addressing the public health impact of PFAS within Michigan communities. This committee will elevate and address locally identified issues, concerns, and requests for assistance; ensure ongoing two-way communication within communities regarding state and federal agency activities; coordinate data sharing; and identify and jointly develop action plans related to community engagement, testing, remediation, and more, for PFAS contamination sites.