The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) is looking for members of the public to join a new Citizen Advisory Workgroup (CAW) to advise the state.
PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are found in a variety of household items and are known as “forever chemicals.” PFAS contamination poses risks to drinking water and public health across Michigan and the country.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer establish MPART via a February executive order.
“Michiganders must be a part of the conversation when it comes to combating PFAS. I’m looking forward to seeing the joint work towards real solutions between MPART and the public. All state government processes should be accessible and transparent, especially when it comes to public health and the environment,” Whitmer said in a statement.
In addition to representing the concerns of communities negatively impacted by PFAS and keeping the public informed, the CAW also will provide input and advice to MPART as it continues its mission of identify and mitigating PFAS contamination and protecting the public from exposure risks.
“A critical element of protecting public health is keeping the public informed,” MPART Executive Director Steve Sliver said. “We look forward to hearing from members of the public who want help their fellow Michiganders stay informed, educated and empowered in our state’s ongoing response to PFAS contamination in their communities.”
The workgroup’s draft charter was developed with input from three focus groups sessions with members of the public directly impacted by PFAS contamination in their communities. The draft charter and registration form for CAW membership consideration are available here.