Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan
Monday, Oct. 2, 2018
LANSING, Mich. – To ensure continued coordination between state and local agencies in response to nationally emerging PFAS contamination, Gov. Rick Snyder today issued an executive directive to develop a readiness plan to manage expedited responses when PFAS contamination is discovered.
“Michigan is leading the nation in addressing this emerging contaminant,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “To ensure we continue to lead on this issue and protect all Michiganders, we need a framework that allows all agencies to respond quickly and effectively to contamination in our communities. Under this directive, Michigan will have a readiness plan in place to ensure a timely and successful response to PFAS threats.”
Through the work of the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART), the state of Michigan is continuing to work diligently to help communities respond to PFAS contamination that threatens public health and safety. To continue to identify PFAS contaminants, inform and empower the public, and mitigate potential effects, the state’s response requires a continuum of strategies. These include being prepared to ensure immediate state assistance to communities threatened by PFAS. This directive addresses that need by establishing the needed coordination, planning, and access to assistance between local and state agencies.
Effective immediately, MPART will coordinate the implementation of the directive. Under the direction of department directors, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will work with state emergency management coordinators and local public health department directors to develop the readiness plan.
Under the directive: