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Gov. Whitmer tells state agency to set water standards

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has directed the state’s Department for Environmental Quality to develop drinking water standards for certain toxic industrial chemicals rather than waiting for updated federal guidelines .

Whitmer announced Tuesday that the rules will cover chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS .

The Democrat says in a statement that Michigan has “long advocated that the federal government establish national standards” and can’t wait any longer.

Whitmer says she’s directing the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team to form a science advisory workgroup to review existing and proposed health-based drinking water standards from around the nation. She wants proposed regulations to be completed no later than Oct. 1.

The chemicals were long used in firefighting, waterproofing, carpeting and other products. They’ve been identified at sites around the state.

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  • Tom

    Whats the point of setting a standard if they are not going to enforce them? Look at the manure spills that keep happening into our streams. DEQ has done nothing to slow that down or go after offenders. They just keeping saying it’s ok to dump thousands of gallons of manure into our water.

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