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The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) is a team of seven state agencies established under an Executive Directive in 2017 to ensure coordination in implementing a response to PFAS contamination.  MPART became an enduring body under an Executive Order in 2019.  The goal of MPART is to protect public health by identifying sources of PFAS, addressing PFAS contamination at the sources, and working with local health departments to protect people in areas where groundwater is impacted by PFAS. 

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Executive actions

  • The State of Michigan has recognized the prevalence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has classified as contaminants. These chemicals are used in thousands of applications throughout the industrial, food, and textile industries and are an ingredient in some firefighting foams, food packaging, cleaning products, and various other household items. They are incredibly stable, breaking down slowly in the environment, and are highly soluble, easily transferring through soil to groundwater.

    In 2017 the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) was created as a temporary body by executive directive to investigate sources and locations of PFAS and protect drinking water and public health. Since the 2017 Executive Directive, MPART has identified PFAS in several counties, cities, and towns throughout Michigan. Its work continues today.

    On February 4, 2019, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2019-3, establishing MPART as an established, enduring body to address the threat of PFAS contamination in Michigan, protect public health, and ensure the safety of Michigan’s land, air, and water, while facilitating inter-agency coordination, increasing transparency, and requiring clear standards to ensure accountability.

    The Order creates MPART as an advisory body within the Department of Environmental Quality, with the director or director’s designee from within that department from the following seven agencies:

    The director of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), or the director’s designee from within the department, will serve as the chairperson of MPART.

    MPART will be charged with providing recommendations to the director of EGLE, and the directors of the other involved agencies, and coordinate efforts between them. MPART will also research, identify, recommend, and implement PFAS response actions relative to the discovery, communication, and mitigation of PFAS, and report regularly to the governor on its activities.


    Read the full Executive Order 2019-03

  • To escalate Michigan’s response to a nationally emerging contaminant, Gov. Rick Snyder signed Executive Directive 2017-4 on November 13, 2017, which established the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART). The directive is designed to ensure a comprehensive, cohesive and timely response to the continued mitigation of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) across Michigan.

    The team was tasked with enhancing cooperation and coordination among local, state and federal agencies charged with identifying, communicating and addressing the potential effects of PFAS in Michigan and protecting public health. The team was led by retired Michigan Chief Deputy Attorney General Carol Isaacs, who was authorized by the governor to ensure timely action is taken on all environmental, public health and public information fronts.

    Read the full Executive Directive 2017-4