About PFAS

  • PFAS are toxic, synthetic chemicals associated with many health problems.
  • PFAS have been found throughout Michigan and in the Huron River.
  • PFAS are used in many common household products and PFAS pollution is widespread.
  • PFAS pollution in drinking water is not regulated by federal law. The State of Michigan is currently in the process of establishing drinking water standards, and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy established a cleanup criteria for groundwater used as drinking water in 2018.
  • Legislators from both major political parties at the state and federal level have called for greater regulation of PFAS and greater support for cleanup efforts.
  • All public drinking water in the Huron River Watershed has tested well below EPA health advisory levels.
  • Private wells have not been tested in most cases. Concerned residents on private wells should contact their county health departments.
  • Fish from the Huron River should and directly connected lakes or creeks should not be eaten. MDHSS issued a “Do Not Eat Fish” advisory that applies to most of the Huron River.
  • There is little evidence that swimming in water contaminated with PFAS is a health risk, but much is unknown about prolonged, repeated exposure of PFAS with human skin.
  • Avoid contact with river foam. PFAS concentrates at higher levels in foam. If you do make contact with foam, rinse off with non-foamy river water and wash up when you get home.

Do Not Eat the Fish

Until further notice, do not eat fish from the Huron River.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued a “Do Not Eat Fish” advisory for most of the Huron River from the crossing at North Wixom Road in Milford all the way to Lake Erie. The advisory did not specifically apply to tributaries along the Huron River, but HRWC is also advising that fish should not be eaten from connected lakes and creeks. Read the August 31 MDHHS advisory here.

Community Meeting Slides and Recordings

HRWC has facilitated community discussions on the threat of PFAS to the Huron River in Milford and Washtenaw County. State, county, community officials presented information and answered questions from the audience.

Slides Available from Washtenaw County Meeting, 12/18/18

Video Recording  of the Washtenaw County Meeting, 12/18/18

Slides Available from Milford Meeting, 10/4/18

Video Recording of the Milford Meeting, 10/4/18

Stay Tuned for Updates

This is a rapidly developing issue for the Huron River watershed. There is still a lot we don’t know but we are learning more as ongoing research brings in new information. We will provide updates here, through emails, blogs, social networking posts, and media interviews. Sign up to get our email updates and news here:



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Michigan residents concerned about PFAS in drinking water should contact the Michigan Environmental Assistance Center with questions, 800-662-9278, M-F, 8am-4:30pm.

We Need to Fix the Problem

The Michigan Environmental Council has compiled a comprehensive set of solutions to protect people, wildlife, and the environment from PFAS. In summary, we need the State to:

Protect public health

We need the State to establish a drinking water standard for PFAS under the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, provide options at no cost to individual residents in impacted communities, and fund new treatment technologies for public water systems.

Be transparent

The DEQ must publish all information they have gathered from all sources, and they need to investigate why a 2012 PFAS report was disregarded. The State needs to create a public, easy-to-read map that clearly shows all known contaminated groundwater plumes in Michigan.

Make polluters clean up their mess

We need to keep in place rules that allow new cleanup standards to be set quickly for chemicals like PFAS. The State needs to provide funding to clean up contaminated sites, penalize polluters, and hold companies accountable when they are aware of the dangers of PFAS but do not disclose the risks to the public.

Protect the Huron River from PFAS pollution. You can help HRWC do that with your donation today. DONATE

More About PFAS

What are PFAS?

PFAS are toxic, synthetic chemicals. PFAS is an acronym that stands for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances and covers a family of about 3000 similar contaminants. PFAS includes chemicals commonly discussed in the media such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS).

Why are PFAS cause for concern?

Exposure to PFAS associated with a number of health risks including cancer, increased cholesterol levels, low infant birth weights, liver and kidney dysfunction, and thyroid disorders. PFAS chemicals negatively impact health when they accumulate in the human body over time, or when they are highly concentrated in the food and water we consume.

Where are they and where do they come from?

PFAS are used everywhere and are polluting water throughout Michigan and around the country. They are present in hundreds of everyday consumer products such as food packaging, non-stick cookware, carpets and upholstery, waxes, outdoor apparel, and even dental floss. Common sources in Michigan are believed to be industrial manufacturing sites and places where fire suppression foam has been discharged, like military bases and fire stations.

Are PFAS banned?

Unfortunately PFAS chemicals are not banned. As of September 2018, there is currently no federal regulation limiting PFAS pollution.[2] The EPA has only issued advisory guidelines and has proposed a Significant New Use rule. If accepted, the new use rule would require new or resumed uses of PFAS to be reported, but would not still include any regulation of their pollution.

To date, all drinking water in the watershed falls below the EPA’s guideline for safety (this is a good thing!) Watershed residents get their drinking water from either the river, groundwater, or private wells.

Where does my water come from?

To find out the source of your drinking water, go to our Maps page and select your creekshed. Click on the “Go Deeper” link and scroll down.

Ann Arbor Drinking Water

Ann Arbor is the only community that draws surface water for drinking water from the river and PFAS levels in the water supply have been well below the current Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Health Advisory Level of 70 parts per trillion (ppt).[3] [4] [5][6] This year’s test results received from DEQ indicate that PFOS/PFOA levels in the city’s drinking water are 4 ppt. The City of Ann Arbor tests both finished drinking water and its river source water for PFAS on a monthly basis. Regular updates are provided to the public. The City is also experimenting with ways to remove PFAS from drinking water.

Removing PFAS from Drinking Water in Ann Arbor

Currently, granular activated carbon (GAC) filtration is the best available technology for removing PFAS in drinking water. The City has GAC filters, and has been proactive in piloting a new type of carbon in several of its filters since November 2017. This new carbon has demonstrated enhanced removal of PFAS. Due to this success, city staff will present a plan to City Council in September to propose replacing all of the older carbon in the city’s filters with the new type of carbon. It is estimated that the additional cost to replace the GAC in the filters will be $850,000 in fiscal year 2019.

Private Wells

For residents on private wells, contact your county health department (see contacts below). The State of Michigan has also provided guidance on residential well water testing here.

As of September 2018, PFAS have not been detected at significant levels in private or municipal wells within the Huron River Watershed. Numerous other sites in Michigan have detected PFAS-contaminated groundwater.

It’s unclear if the EPA Health Advisory Level is low enough.

While it’s reassuring that PFAS levels in Ann Arbor’s drinking water are below the EPA advisory level, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has suggested that the 70 ppt standard should be lowered to about 10 ppt. Some states already have limits lower than the EPA in place. As pervasive as PFAS is in consumer products and the environment, we still do not know as much as we should about its long-term health effects.

No. Until further notice, do not eat fish from the Huron River. Fish recently tested in parts of the Huron had high levels of PFAS. On August 4, 2018, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a “Do Not Eat Fish” advisory due to PFAS contamination for parts of the Huron River and on August 31, extended the advisory to include most of the Huron River from the N. Wixom Road crossing in Milford to Lake Erie. While the advisory did not specifically apply to tributaries along the Huron River, HRWC is advising that fish should not be eaten from connecting lakes and creeks. Read the August 31 MDHHS advisory here.

Yes. PFAS are not toxic through contact with the skin, and the occasional, accidental gulp of calm lake or river water is okay, though raw river water should never be consumed due to a variety of health risks. PFAS do collect at very high concentrations in foamy water, so be sure not to accidentally swallow foam.

The EPA has issued Health Advisory Levels but there is currently no federal regulation regarding PFAS. There are only voluntary options for reporting significant new PFAS uses and monitoring sources. The State of Michigan has used the EPA guidelines as the enforceable water quality standards and cleanup criteria. There is currently no drinking water standard (Maximum Contaminant Level) at the state or federal level for PFAS water being withdrawn for drinking water, as is the case in Ann Arbor. The enforceable level for surface water applies only to wastewater discharged into the water body being used for drinking water. The enforceable level for groundwater being used as drinking water is a rule governing environmental cleanup activities. It’s not the same as a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) and does not provide the same legal protection as a drinking water standard.

PFAS Health Advisory Levels and Regulatory Levels by Type of Exposure

Contaminant and Exposure Type EPA Lifetime Health Advisory Level (ppt) MDEQ Enforcement Level (ppt) Determining Rule or Law
PFOS in groundwater being used for drinking water 70 (individually or in combination with PFOA) 70 (individually or in combination with PFOA)

Cleanup Criteria Requirements for Response Activity

PFOA in groundwater being used for drinking water 70 (individually or in combination with PFOS) 70 (individually or in combination with PFOS)

Cleanup Criteria Requirements for Response Activity

PFOS discharged to surface water used for drinking water 11 (individually or in combination with PFOS) Rule 57 Water Quality Values
PFOS discharged to surface water not used for drinking water 12 (individually or in combination with PFOS) Rule 57 Water Quality Values
PFOA discharged to surface water used for drinking water 420 Rule 57 Water Quality Values
PFOA discharged to surface water not used for drinking water 12000 Rule 57 Water Quality Values
PFOS in Fish 300000000 (300 ppb) Rule 57 Part 4 Water Quality Values
PFOA in Fish Rule 57 Part 4 Water Quality Values

 

There is a state-led initiative to test drinking water from all schools that use well water or community water supplies for PFAS. Michigan’s fire service community is also investigating fire suppression foam and determining safe disposal approaches. And in the Huron River watershed, adding to on-going water testing by the City of Ann Arbor since 2014, state agencies are conducting surface water testing and fish sampling at a number of sites on the river.

Learn more about how PFAS is monitored and ongoing efforts to protect waterways through new policies.

State of Michigan’s PFAS Action Response Team (MPART)

The State of Michigan started the PFAS Action Response Team (MPART), a multi-agency action team, in 2017 to address the PFAS issue. MPART has information for Michigan residents concerned about PFAS in drinking water. Contact the Michigan Environmental Assistance Center with questions, 800-662-9278, M-F, 8am-4:30pm.

Identifying Sources of PFAS

During the summer of 2018, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) conducted surface water tests at approximately 15 sites throughout the watershed trying to identify a source of PFAS in the Huron River. Additionally, the MDHHS is collecting and analyzing fish samples. More broadly, MDEQ has also begun testing drinking water from all schools that use well water and community water supplies for PFAS. Sampling results are available through the MPART website. Statewide, treatment plants that treat industrial wastewater have also been under scrutiny, and such testing of effluent lead to the detection of PFAS at the Wixom Wastewater Treatment Plant.

There is still much we don’t know about PFAS. While we know that it has bad health effects on humans, we don’t know for sure at what levels. It has been found in the Huron River and at least one major source has been identified in Milford, but there may be other unidentified sources and we don’t know how to clean it up.

HRWC needs more answers to protect the river and people that live, work, and play in the watershed. We want you to know what we know—and what questions we are asking. Here are some of our concerns:

  • What is the extent of PFAS in the environment, where is it coming from, and how can we clean it up? We hope that the State’s testing of several sites on the Huron will give us answers.
  • Is the current EPA drinking water health advisory level of 70 ppt actually protective of human health? The CDC report from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) raises concerns that there may be inadequate regulation of these chemicals. Our families that live in the watershed deserve a rigorous investigation of these standards and protection from these toxic chemicals.

For general questions or concerns about PFAS, or to find out who best to speak with, HRWC is happy to help. Contact Dan Brown here.

For specific concerns about contamination of private wells, please contact your county health department:

Washtenaw County Health Department

Environmental Health Division
734-222-3800

Livingston County Health Department

Environmental Health Division
517-546-9858

Oakland County Health Department

Environmental Health Division
Monday-Friday 8:30 AM-5 PM
248-858-1312 Pontiac (North Oakland)
248-424-7190 Southfield (South Oakland)

Wayne County Health Department

Environmental Health Division
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
734-727-7400

Monroe County Health Department

Environmental Health Division
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
734-240-7900

City of Ann Arbor, Water Treatment

Contact for PFAS in drinking water questions
734-994-2840
water@a2gov.org

Michigan PFAS Response Action Team | Michigan Environmental Assistance Center

Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
800-662-9278

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services | Michigan Eat Safe Fish

800-648-6942
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Michelle Bruneau: bruneaum@michigan.gov
Laura Gossiaux: gossiauxl@michigan.gov
Jennifer Gray – grayj@michigan.gov
Direct general questions to the Michigan Environmental Assistance Center
800-662-9278, M-F, 8am-4:30pm.

HRWC is keeping a close watch on changing conditions in the watershed, our communities, and in the policies that protect those who live here. We will continue to work with EGLE (formerly MDEQ), the Michigan Environmental Council, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, and other partners statewide to reduce PFAS contamination. We will continue to raise awareness as new information becomes available, and hold officials accountable. That said, there is currently no federal or state regulation regarding PFAS contamination in drinking water, and HRWC has no governing authority. Unless a community decides to address contamination through local ordinance, reducing PFAS is voluntary.

To address contamination detected at the Wixom Wastewater Treatment Plant, we worked with municipal and county officials in the area to understand the scope of the problem and facilitate community meetings on the subject. Tribar, the company in Wixom that was discharging the PFOS and PFOA (types of PFAS), has changed its process and no longer discharges these “long chain” chemicals. Because of this, the PFOS contamination entering the Huron River from Norton Creek has greatly decreased by 99%.

PFAS contamination will remain in the Huron River for the foreseeable future. It remains unclear when it will be resolved because even as existing pollution is flushed from the river and diluted, new and existing sources continue to discharge PFAS into the river. The first step is to stop releasing these chemicals into our environment.

To learn more about PFAS and what you can do to prevent being exposed or using products with PFAS, here a few good resources:

Michigan.gov PFAS Response

The State of Michigan has created a webpage to address common questions about PFAS, its potential health and environmental impacts, and its sources.

Michigan Department of Environmentla Quality (MDEQ) Public Water Supply Information

MDEQ is testing school drinking water for PFAS as a cautionary step. Information on this page summarizes current sampling results from these locations.

Residential Well Testing

Read answers to common questions and learn more about having your private well tested for PFAS.

Ann Arbor PFAS Information from the Water Treatment Department

The City of Ann Arbor has compiled a document of frequently asked questions for residents and visitors to the area.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) PFAS Resources

The EPA provides a wide range of information on PFAS from introductory material to detailed information on health advisory levels and guidelines. To see what other states are doing about PFAS, click here.

Center for Disease Control/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR)

The CDC provides links to health information, exposure, and additional resources.

Michigan Environmental Council: PFAS in Michigan: What We Know and What We Need

MEC provides a digest on the status of PFAS contamination and specific proposed policy solutions in Michigan.

 

PFAS in the News

9/12/19 | $1.4 million approved to dispose of PFAS-containing firefighting foam in Michigan.

Michigan has approved funds for the collection and disposal of hazardous firefighting material. The PFAS-containing firefighting foam will be solidified and disposed of in a landfill containing carbon filters to provide additional containment.

8/06/19 | $1.3M state grant to help Ann Arbor deal with PFAS in city water

Ann Arbor will be accepting a $1.3 million grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy for its continuous effort for PFAS removal. The money will be used to pay for new carbon filters, the city’s pilot testing of its new PFAS filtering techniques, and communication to improve citizen outreach. 

7/24/19 | US military launches PFAS task force

New U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper began his tenure by launching a PFAS task force. This task force has been deployed to investigate issues surrounding PFAS and military bases by conducting research on health impacts, clean up standards, firefighting foam alternatives and pinpointing sources of PFAS as it relates to military operations.  Secretary Esper says the DOD is committed to addressing and fixing all defense activities that release harmful substances.

7/17/19 | US Representative Elissa Slotkin hosts Public Forum on PFAS

On July 8 U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin hosted a public forum on PFAS. Rep. Slotkin and panel of experts discussed what was being done at the local, state and federal levels to address PFAS. The panelists reassured public concerns stating; that public drinking water in the Huron River Watershed is well below the 70 parts per trillion EPA health advisory for PFAS. There is no reason to change ones recreation on the water such as swimming, boating and river recreation, just do not eat the fish or touch the foam.

6/27/19 | Michigan lawmakers seize critical defense bill to tackle PFAS in drinking water

Michigan lawmakers in both houses of Congress are pushing to pass defense legislation that includes regulations and cleanup on PFAS. The National Defense Authorization Act would add PFAS to the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory, bar military from buying firefighting foam and substances to assemble “meals ready-to-eat” (MREs) made from PFAS chemicals. The bill would also authorize $45 million over five years for the U.S. Geological Survey to study PFAS contamination across the country.

6/26/19 | U.S. House of Representatives passes $60M PFAS cleanup bill

The U.S. House of Representatives have passed a $60 million bill that will help clean up PFAS around prior military bases like the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, Michigan.

6/21/19 | PFAS contamination in Ypsilanti Township unlikely to harm public, state says

PFAS contamination found near the Willow Run Airport were above acceptable levels. However, state officials have deemed it as no imminent threat to the public and the drinking water is safe because the water tested on site is not the same water that you are going to drink.

6/18/19 |Ann Arbor spending another $950K on PFAS filters for water plant

The City Council has voted unanimously to buy new GAC filters to replace old carbon filters that are losing its filtering capabilities. The city’s PFAS management strategy continues to meet the most restrictive public health criteria, Brian Steglitz, the city’s water plant manager, wrote in the city’s June issue of Quality Water Matters, a new monthly report about city water issues. 

6/04/19 |Team of MSU Scientists Tackling The PFAS Crisis 

In an effort to solve PFAS, various Michigan State University programs and scientists are developing solutions to remove PFAS from our waters.

5/31/19 | Ann Arbor to re-evaluate alternate drinking water sources

With threats like PFAS and dioxane, city officials ponder the long term future of drinking water in Ann Arbor and once again weigh the option of alternate water sources.

4/30/19 | Kildee reintroduces plan for PFAS limit in drinking water

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) has reintroduced legislation requiring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set an enforceable drinking water limit for PFAS.

4/26/19 | Residential well testing now part of Michigan’s response to PFAS in Huron River

Testing for PFAS continues in the spring of 2019 along the Huron River. State officials are awaiting test results for a dozen residential wells, one community water supply and fish.

4/11/19 | State announces panel members who will set PFAS drinking water limit

The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) announced three experts to serve as a panel that will determine drinking water limits for a suite of toxic chemicals including PFAS.

4/5/19 | Michigan sets new health screening limits for 5 types of PFAS

Michigan’s response to PFAS contamination now includes screening levels for five forms of the chemicals, a move that sets a significantly lower base-line for considering potential health effects for people exposed to them.

4/1/19 | NRDC pushing Michigan to set very low PFAS drinking water limits

The Natural Resources Defense Council is pushing Michigan to adopt public drinking water standards for several toxic PFAS chemicals that would be the strictest thus far of any state in the nation.

3/27/19 | Issues Of The Environment: The Huron River, PFAS Contamination, And You

In WEMU’s ‘Issues of the Environment,’ get the latest on the health of the river, and how it affects you for the spring and summer ahead from Huron River Watershed Council executive director, Laura Rubin.

3/26/19 | Michigan will draft PFAS standards for public drinking water

Gretchen Whitmer ordered the Department of Environmental Quality to begin the regulatory process for establishing drinking water standards for PFAS, a class of chemicals found at some level in public supplies serving 1.4 million in Michigan last year.

3/21/19 | PFAS pollution already costing Michigan communities millions of dollars

Michigan residents are already paying to address the state’s PFAS contamination even as officials work to get a handle on the depth of the problem.

3/8/19 | PFAS, dioxane top concerns at clean water forum in Scio Township

Approximately 140 100 residents and officials concerned about threats to local water supplies packed into Scio Township Hall for a forum Thursday night. Daniel Brown of HRWC served on the panel.

3/6/19 | Whitmer proposes $120M for Michigan drinking water

ov. Gretchen Whitmer is proposing $120 million in new general fund spending to improve drinking water infrastructure.

2/15/19 | Ann Arbor lawmakers propose polluter-pay cleanup law for Michigan

“When I was a child and I spilled a glass of orange juice on the counter, I usually would have to clean it up,” Yousef Rabhi said, addressing frustrations about the Dioxane plume in Ann Arbor and PFAS contamination in the Huron River.

1/29/19 | Trump administration won’t set legal limit for PFAS in drinking water, report says

Despite the urging of the growing number of people concerned about PFAS, indications are emerging that the EPA won’t include a maximum contaminant level (MCL) for PFAS in public water supplies.

1/16/19 | Why did it take so long to sound the alarm on PFAS in the Huron River?

Background on the history of Michigan’s testing for PFAS in water and the state’s current response now that officials know about PFAS contamination.

1/9/19 | Issues Of The Environment: Ann Arbor Moves Forward In Addressing PFAS Chemicals In Drinking Water

WEMU’s David Fair discusses next steps with Brian Steglitz, manager of the City of Ann Arbor’s Water Treatment Services unit.

12/20/18 | Ann Arbor-area school on bottled water after PFAS contaminates well

After finding PFAS chemicals in its well water, Emerson School in Lodi Township is on bottled water and considering options for remediation.

12/19/18 | PFAS investigation has state looking at new site near Ann Arbor

MDEQ investigations are looking into a site along the river in Washtenaw County’s Scio Township, just west of Ann Arbor.

12/19/18 | Ann Arbor water official explains why city didn’t report PFAS totals sooner

Ann Arbor is monitoring more PFAS chemicals than is currently required by state or federal guidelines.

12/18/18 | Seven Types of PFAS Chemicals in Ann Arbor Drinking Water

In addition to the two PFAS chemicals for which health advisories exist, Ann Arbor is proactively monitoring many other types that may have similar health impacts.

12/17/18 | Michigan weighs conflicting messages on PFAS policy

Michigan legislators considered revisions to a bill on Tuesday that will weaken safety standards for PFAS on the same morning when a panel of scientists revealed recommendations for strengthening standards on contamination from the same toxic chemical family.

12/11/18 | PFAS levels in Ann Arbor drinking water spiked and city isn’t sure why

PFAS levels in Ann Arbor’s drinking water increased in October even as a major source upriver saw levels decrease. City officials aren’t sure why.

12/10/18 | Michigan PFAS safety level could weaken under lame duck bill

Scientific and legal experts say legislation pending in Michigan would double an existing safety threshold for toxic PFAS chemicals in drinking water, hamper the state’s ability to rely on new toxicity science and create loopholes in state law to grandfather potentially weakened standards into future cleanups.

11/29/18 | Businesses discharging PFAS into Michigan’s waterways

MLive investigation: Manufacturing sources are sending “forever chemicals” at up to 20,000 times the allowed amount into wastewater systems that discharge it into the state’s lakes, rivers and, ultimately, threatening drinking water supplies for millions of people.

11/13/18 | Scientist: PFAS has been contaminating Michigan population for years

State officials, scientists, and residents discussed PFAS contamination in Michigan at a U.S. Senate Field Hearing hosted by Senator Gary Peters.

10/22/18 | Low PFAS Levels Detected At Two Pinckney Schools

Testing has revealed very low PFAS levels (4 ppt) in water supplies at two Pinckney schools. Officials say there is no cause for alarm.

10/18/18 | Survey: More than 100 MI fire departments have PFAS foam

Nearly half of about 300 Michigan fire departments said they have reserves of firefighting foam that has the potential to contaminate groundwater.

10/9/18 | PFAS causes ‘Do not eat the fish’ advisories

The State of Michigan has been issuing “Don’t Eat the Fish” advisories along lakes, rivers and streams, but there are concerns about whether state officials are doing as much as they should.

10/5/18 | “Do Not Eat Fish” advisory continues for Chain of Lakes and Huron River

The “Do Not Eat Fish” advisory will continue on the Huron River and Chain of Lakes for the foreseeable future as new fish samples from Portage Lake showed high levels of PFAS contamination.

10/4/18 | New source and route identified for PFAS contaminating Huron River

While solutions were being put in place for the presumed major source of PFAS contamination to the Huron River, at least two other sources with different pathways of contamination were discovered.

10/2/18 | Temporary filters will reduce PFAS heading into Huron River

Tribar Manufacturing (a.k.a. Adept Plating and Plastics), plans to install massive, portable granular activated carbon filtration systems to reduce their discharged PFAS contamination. The filters are expected to be operational October 5th.

9/24/18 | ‘Astronomical’ PFAS level sets new Michigan contamination milestone

Pollution in Norton Creek, which feeds the Huron River in Oakland County, set a new state record for level of PFAS contamination.

9/19/18 | PFAS found in high concentrations in Huron River Foam

MDHSS is advising people to avoid swallowing foam or letting their pets near it on the Huron River.

9/14/18 | PFAS Firefighting Foams are still in use in Michigan
Firefighting foams containing PFAS chemicals are a major source of contamination but fire departments are still using them.

9/11/18 | Michigan health officials downplay danger of PFAS at levels near advisory

State and local health department officials downplayed PFAS exposure risks, at levels near the federal advisory level, saying caution should be exercised but more research was needed.

9/7/18 | EPA will hold PFAS meetings in Michigan after all

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell pressed the Environmental Protection Agency to restore plans to hold an engagement meeting in the state. She later said the EPA committed to the idea.

9/6/18 | Congress urged to ‘act swiftly’ on national PFAS laws

Advocates pressed Congress to pursue actions to remove PFAS from drinking water supplies. A question from U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell revealed that Michigan does not test for a particular group of PFAS chemicals that have been associated with negative health effects in North Carolina.

9/4/18 | Democratic lawmakers continue call for PFAS hearings, legislation

Democrats again called for movement of legislation they introduced December 2017 that would lower PFOS and PFOA drinking water levels to 5 parts per trillion each.

(HB 5375)

Issues Of The Environment: PFAS And The Huron River Part 2

WEMU’s David Fair revisits the PFAS situation with Laura Rubin.

9/4/18 | Democrats want Legislature to move PFAS bill, hold hearings

Michigan House Democrats criticized the rigor of Michigan’s PFAS response and pointed to stalled legislation that would establish drinking water standards. They also referenced reports that state regulators ignored warnings about the crisis for several years.

9/4/18 | Metro Detroit auto supplier is a source of PFAS pollution in Huron River

Adept Plastic Finishing Inc. Plant 4 in Wixom sent high levels of PFOS into the wastewater treatment plant, according to a test in mid-May. The measured level was 28,000 parts per trillion, more than 2,300 times the health advisory level of 12 parts per trillion.

8/31/18 | WEMU: Issues Of The Environment: PFAS And The Huron River

Huron River Watershed Council executive director Laura Rubin dispels some misconceptions about the advisory and discusses the concerns the contamination raises for the present and future health of the river.

8/31/18 | Michigan says PFAS makes all fish in Huron River unsafe to eat

PFAS tests showed that all fish in a five-county span of the Huron River contain too much contamination for people to eat them.

8/30/18 | Ann Arbor will propose new plan to reduce PFAS in drinking water

Ann Arbor plans to seek $850,000 to upgrade filtration at its water treatment plant and reduce PFAS contamination in its drinking water.

8/29/18 | Michigan cut from EPA national PFAS forum tour

Plans for a Michigan public forum on PFAS contamination led by the EPA were scuttled over disagreements between the state and federal government.

8/24/18 | Bill would give $45M for nationwide PFAS testing

Senate Bill 3382, or the PFAS Detection Act, is co-sponsored by Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D. It authorizes $45 million for the U.S. Geological Survey to test for PFAS contamination near drinking water sources around the country and develop advanced methods for finding “as many compounds as possible” at lower concentrations.

8/22/18 | Michigan searches for source of PFAS contamination in Huron River

Michigan officials continued to hunt for the source of the contaminant that prompted an urgent “do not eat” advisory for fish in three southeast Michigan counties.

8/8/18 |  PFAS and the Huron River

Blog by Laura Rubin that provides overview of the issue for the Huron River Watershed and its inhabitants.

8/4/18 | PFAS ‘Do Not Eat’ fish advisory issued for Huron River in 3 counties

State health officials issued an emergency PFAS “Do Not Eat” fish consumption advisory Saturday for several water bodies on the Huron River within parts of Oakland, Livingston and Washtnenaw counties.

7/25/18 | Issues Of The Environment: PFAs Contamination Throughout Michigan And In Washtenaw County<

PFAS have found their way in Washtenaw County’s drinking water, and that can lead to numerous health and environmental problems.  David Fair talks about this situation with Dr. Rita Loch-Caruso, toxicologist and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan.

1/10/18 | State Takes Action to Strengthen Environmental Criteria in Response to PFAS Contamination

Following EPA health advisory levels, Michigan established drinking water criteria for PFOS and PFOA that allows MDEQ to take regulatory enforcement action.