Michigan’s 1st PFAS drinking water standards clear final hurdle

BY: - July 23, 2020

After nearly a year of rulemaking debate, Michigan’s very first set of PFAS limits for drinking water passed its last obstacle Wednesday as a panel of state lawmakers allowed them to take effect. Those rules, which establish maximum contaminant levels for seven toxic contaminants known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), are the strictest and […]

Dingell pans Dem-led committee for axing PFAS cleanup from defense bill

BY: - July 20, 2020

WASHINGTON — An effort to crack down on toxic chemicals has been thwarted again — this time by Democrats. U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell — a Dearborn Democrat who has championed the issue in Congress — and other lawmakers were hoping to amend a defense authorization bill this week with a series of strong provisions to […]

Michigan lawmakers make another push to crack down on PFAS

BY: - July 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — After suffering a stinging setback last year, federal lawmakers from Michigan and other states are making another push to crack down on a widespread class of “forever chemicals” linked to cancer and other serious health problems. Several are pressing for a strong set of provisions in a defense policy bill that would address […]

Nessel, AGs call on EPA to strengthen PFAS rules

BY: - April 28, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined 17 other attorneys general in urging a federal agency to strengthen rules pertaining to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), her office announced Tuesday. The comment letter addressed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calls on the agency to strengthen and expand a proposed rule about the review […]

House panel debates drinking water filters for schools, daycares

BY: - March 3, 2020

Updated, 12:57 p.m., 3/4/20 A bipartisan “filter first” bill package to ensure safe drinking water for children in schools and child care centers had a favorable reception at a state House committee Tuesday afternoon. Testing for lead in drinking water is not mandated for schools and daycares in Michigan, but a 2018 study detected PFAS […]

Michigan’s first PFAS rules for drinking water move forward

BY: - February 27, 2020

A state environmental rulemaking panel voted Thursday afternoon to approve draft rules for setting limits on toxic contaminants known as PFAS in Michigan’s drinking water. The rules now head to a panel of state lawmakers for final consideration. If they are passed, Michigan will go from having no rules at all on per- and polyfluoroalkyl […]

Dingell slams Trump EPA chief for PFAS standard inaction

BY: and - February 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) assailed President Donald Trump’s U.S. EPA chief on Thursday over the agency’s failure to set a national drinking water standard for harmful contaminants known as PFAS.  The Michigan lawmaker, who took office in 2015, said she’s been promised since she arrived in Congress that a national standard for […]

Slotkin talks prescription drug prices, PFAS at East Lansing event

BY: - February 22, 2020

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) held her first “State of the 8th District” event Friday night at East Lansing High School, where she recapped her first year in Congress and announced two bipartisan bills regarding border security and the cost of insulin. Slotkin was joined by state Rep. Julie Brixie (D-Meridian Twp.) and East Lansing […]

Workers repairing lead pipes in Flint

Whitmer to deliver special message on clean water

BY: - February 12, 2020

As Michigan continues to grapple with serious and costly issues like PFAS and lead contamination, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer plans to give a special message on clean water. Whitmer told the Advance in an interview this week that she plans to speak on water issues likely within “four to six weeks.” Her message will go beyond […]

Enviro protections bolstered in gov’s 2021 budget proposal

BY: - February 6, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s $61.9 billion second executive budget proposal includes a sizable boost in funding for climate change adaptations, clean drinking water, Asian carp prevention and other environmental protections. “Climate and water” was one of three top strategic investment areas prioritized in Whitmer’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget, as state Budget Director Chris Kolb laid […]

House measure urges Canada not to store nuclear waste on Great Lakes

BY: - January 31, 2020

A bipartisan measure aimed at putting “moral pressure” on Congress to prevent Canada from storing nuclear waste on Lake Huron has advanced from a House committee. Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has been eyeing a spot on Lake Huron, right across the lake from Michigan’s “Thumb,” as one of its two top choices to […]

Study: PFAS found in Ann Arbor drinking water

BY: - January 23, 2020

Laboratory tests carried out by nonprofit activist organization Environmental Working Group (EWG) found evidence of PFAS contaminants in the city of Ann Arbor’s drinking water, according to a new study. Tap water tests conducted in Ann Arbor between May and December 2019 found the city’s drinking water contained 15.8 parts per trillion (ppt) of perfluorooctanoic […]