Civil Engineering Magazine highlight's MPART ahead of PFAS Summit
December 03, 2021
Civil Engineering Magazine's latest edition puts a spotlight on the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team - known as MPART - and how it has become a national leader in addressing contamination from PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. PFAS are a group of man-made chemicals used in making things like firefighting foam, stain repellants, and non-stick cookware. PFAS can't break down easily in the environment and some build-up in our bodies.
The article highlights the one-of-a-kind agency that got its start as a temporary entity in November 2017. It became a permanent one in February 2019.
In the article, Abby Hendershott, MPART executive director, explains the work of the agency that forged ahead to develop groundwater cleanup criteria related to PFAS in Michigan, in the absence of federal standards or guidelines. Since then, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its PFAS Strategic Roadmap.
The article appears ahead of EGLE's 2021 Great Lakes Virtual PFAS Summit, Dec. 6 to 10. The goals of the summit are to provide the most current and reliable science and policy, facilitate information sharing, and explore current and future research topics related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Check out the entire article on the magazine's website.
Civil Engineering Magazine is published by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Caption: PFAS monitoring well in Palo Area of Interest.