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3 Public Hearing Dates Set in January for PFAS Draft Rules

Posted on December 10, 2019 by Dene Westbrook

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) is holding three public hearings next month on its plans to regulate several types of fluorinated chemicals that may pose a health risk where they’re being found in public drinking water.

Those levels (in parts-per-trillion, or ppt) for seven compounds are: PFNA (6-ppt); PFOA (8-ppt); PFOS (16-ppt); PFHxS (51-ppt); GenX (370-ppt); PFBS (420-ppt); PFHxA (400,000-ppt).

Hearings on the state’s plan to regulate PFAS chemicals in drinking water have been scheduled for:

– Jan. 8, Grand Valley State University Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids, 5 p.m.

– Jan. 14, Washtenaw Community College, Towsley Auditorium, Ann Arbor, 5 p.m.

– Jan. 16, Ralph A. Macmullan Conference Center, Roscommon, 5 p.m.

EGLE is taking public comment on the draft rules until Jan. 31, 2020. Following the public comment period, the draft rules will return to the ERRC for additional review.

Comments can be emailed to EGLE-PFAS-RuleMaking@Michigan.gov or mailed to Suzann Ruch, Drinking Water and Environmental Health Division, Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, P.O. Box 30817, Lansing, MI 48909.

To read the MML’s public comment regarding our concerns with the draft rules from the October 31, ERRC meeting, see the link here: 19MML_ERRC10.31.

See the story from MLive here, and the official public notice from DTMB here.

Herasanna Richards is a legislative associate handling energy, environmental, elections, and external municipal services for the League.  She can be reached at hrichards@mml.org or 517-908-0309.

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