The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) set a Lifetime Health Advisory (LHA) level for two PFAS in drinking water: perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) . The LHA level is 70 parts per trillion (ppt, equal to 70 ng/L) for PFOA and PFOS combined, or individually if only levels for other PFAS chemicals. The State of Michigan is using 70 ppt for decision making purposes.
In October 2019, on the recommendation of the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART), the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) provided draft rules to Governor Whitmer, to establish maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for seven PFAS compounds in approximately 2,700 water supplies in Michigan. In November 2019, the Michigan Environmental Rules Review Committee voted to move forward with formal rulemaking.
The official public comment period opened in December 2019 and written comments will continue to be accepted until January 31, 2020 (5:00 PM). Submit written comments by email or US Mail to:E-Mail: EGLE-PFAS-RuleMaking@Michigan.gov
Address:Drinking Water and Environmental Health DivisionMichigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and EnergyAttention: Suzann RuchPO Box 30817Lansing, Michigan 48909-8311
Public hearings took place on January 8, 14, and 16, 2020, during which public comments were received. Learn more information on this and any additional drinking water rule promulgation efforts by EGLE.
A copy of the draft rules, regulatory impact statement and cost benefit analysis, as well as other updated documents and information related to the rulemaking process can be found on the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Administrative Rulemaking System web page.
Unsure where your drinking water comes from?
If you receive a water bill, your water comes from a public water supply. If you do not pay for your water, you are on a private well. Approximately 75% of Michigan residents get water from a public water supply. Approximately 25% are on private wells.
Public water supplies may be large, like the Great Lakes Water Authority, which serves 3.7 million residents, or they may be smaller, such as a supply serving a manufactured housing community. Some public water supplies get water from groundwater, some from surface waters (lakes or rivers) and some blend groundwater and surface water sources together.