Michigan sets new health screening limits for 5 types of PFAS

April 4, 2019

Source: Paula Gardner
Department: MLive Kalamazoo
Email: PaulaGardner@mlive.com

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.

The state rolled out the new advisory guidelines on April 4, about six weeks after the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services finalized them.

They were presented by MDHHS as part of the first meeting of the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced in March that the state will be setting maximum contaminant levels for the same five types of per- and poly- fluorinated chemicals by spring 2020.

The screening levels could act as a building block toward reaching that MCL, officials said.

In the meantime, state health officials no longer will be using federal health advisory guidelines for PFAS, which previously only targeted PFOS and PFOA at a combined 70-parts-per-trillion when found in drinking water.

The new health screening levels for drinking water in Michigan are:

PFOA: 9-ppt
PFOS: 8-ppt
PFNA: 9-ppt
PFHxS: 84-ppt
PFBS: 1,000-ppt

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