The Executive Order 2019-03 provides for the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) to create advisory workgroups composed of individuals or entities participating in MPART activities or other members of the public as deemed necessary by MPART to assist MPART in performing its duties and responsibilities.
MPART may adopt, reject, or modify any recommendations proposed by an advisory workgroup.
MPART may, as appropriate, make inquiries, studies, investigations, hold hearings, and receive comments from the public. MPART may also consult with outside experts in order to perform its duties, including, but not limited to, experts in the private sector, government agencies, and at institutions of higher education.
Citizen's Advisory Workgroup
The creation of the Citizen's Advisory Workgroup builds on Governor Gretchen Whitmer's Executive Order 2019-03 (EO), which formalized MPART's mission within the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and directed the agency to increase citizen engagement, transparency, and accountability in the ongoing state efforts to identify PFAS contamination and protect public health. In addition to representing the concerns of communities negatively impacted by PFAS and keeping the public informed, the Citizen's Advisory Workgroup also will provide input and advice to MPART as it continues its mission of identify and mitigating PFAS contamination and protecting the public from exposure risks.
Local Public Health Department Advisory Committee
The Local Public Health Advisory Committee was originally formed on January 1, 2018, as part of the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART). Its mission is to ensure consistency and coordination in the evaluation and response to the public health impacts of PFAS in impacted communities throughout Michigan. The Advisory Committee regularly reviews and advises on communication strategies, data sharing, and response activities for all affected Michigan communities.
The Local Public Health Advisory Committee’s objectives are to:
- Elevate and address local health department-identified issues, concerns, and requests for assistance.
- Develop shared communications protocol with local health departments regarding state and federal agency activities in local communities and coordinate state and local community media communications.
- Coordinate data sharing.
- Identify and jointly develop action plans for locations and sites as they emerge; including but not limited to, community engagement, responsible party engagement, testing, remediation logistics (e.g. filter distribution, alternative water source), and response budget concerns.
Committee membership includes health officers from impacted local health jurisdictions, MPART, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).
Science Advisory Workgroup
Governor Whitmer directed MPART to form this workgroup on March 26, 2019.
The workgroup's duties were completed on June 27, 2019.