Defend Your Family and Public Water From PFAS, the Forever Chemical

Submit your comment now to defend your family and public drinking water from a group of toxic chemicals known collectively as PFAS. They’re often called “forever chemicals” because they persist in the environment and are known to be in the water supply of at least 1.9 million Michiganders.

January 31, 2020, is the public comment deadline

PFAS drinking water standards are urgently needed. The more we look, the more we find. Limiting human health exposure any further risks further exposure of people to these toxins.

Submit your official comment here to the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) calling for a strong standard for PFAS.

Background

PFAS are per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a group of human-made chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many others. PFAS build up in our bodies and pose threats to our health, including cancer, thyroid conditions, autoimmune diseases, and reproductive issues.

PFAS have been used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the 1950s, including in non-stick cookware, water-repellent clothing, stain resistant fabrics and carpets, some cosmetics, some firefighting foams, and products that resist grease, water, and oil.

The state of Michigan is proposing science-based protections (rules that have the force of law) for known, dangerous forms of PFAS chemicals toxic to our health that have been found in Michigan communities’ public drinking water. There are currently no limits on PFAS compounds in public drinking water in Michigan.

Additional Info to Add to Public Comment

PFAS contamination affects the drinking water of more than 1.9 million Michiganders, and we can’t delay action on protecting the health of our communities:

  • PFAS build up in the body over time and can lead to significant health complications, like cancers, thyroid conditions, autoimmune diseases, and reproductive issues.
  • We know PFAS chemicals pose health threats, and we know where it is coming from (directly from past and present industry pollution and from the wastewater treatment plants receiving their tainted wastewater), which is why the state must move swiftly to pass a standard that is protective of the health of Michigan communities.
  • Michigan should be a leader in addressing the PFAS contamination crisis, and that starts with strong standards for these toxic chemicals.

The PFAS limits proposed by the state are a step in the right direction, but key changes need to be made to ensure those standards protect the health of Michigan communities:

  • Michigan should be leading the country on setting the toughest standards for toxic PFAS chemicals in our drinking water.
  • Establishing a combined total standard for all PFAS contaminants will set the baseline for ensuring Michiganders have safe, clean water to drink.

The PFAS standards must be protective of our most vulnerable populations and be based on the best available science:

  • Instead of considering just adults, state standards should consider PFAS impacts to children, pregnant women, those suffering from chronic illness, the elderly, and other vulnerable populations who are the most susceptible to the negative health impacts of exposure to PFAS.
  • Michigan’s PFAS standards should take into account the best available research and studies, like those done in New Hampshire, to ensure the limits are protective of public health.

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