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Michigan PFAS Action Response Team to meet on drinking water standards, increased citizen participation

The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) will hold a public meeting from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, to discuss drinking water standards.

MPART members will vote on the summary and conclusions of input received on the recommended health-based values for PFAS in drinking water and review draft rules created by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) establishing Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) for these contaminants.

MPART members will also vote on the creation of a Citizen Advisory Workgroup made up of members of the public impacted by PFAS contamination in their communities.

The meeting will take place in the Lee Walker conference room of Constitution Hall, 525 W. Allegan Street, Lansing. MPART also will broadcast the meeting as a webinar.

Known to scientists as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, PFAS are a group of emerging and potentially harmful contaminants used in thousands of applications globally including firefighting foam, food packaging, and many other consumer products. These compounds also are used by industries such as tanneries, metal platers and clothing manufacturers.