Michigan may become 1st state to regulate GenX chemicals

July 29, 2019

Source: Paula Gardner
Department: Mlive Michigan
Email: PaulaGardner@mlive.com

Michigan's efforts to advance PFAS regulation broadened this summer when it added a newer form of the toxic chemical family to its drinking water scrutiny.

The move comes as the state expects this year to start receiving laboratory test results that will show whether that chemical, known as GenX, is in its public water supplies.

GenX "which is becoming familiar across the U.S. due to industrial contamination of the Cape Fear River in North Carolina" was one of seven types of the toxic fluorochemicals named in late June by a Michigan science panel as worthy of maximum contaminant levels, or limits that the state would allow in drinking water.

If GenX remains a part of the approval process, Michigan will be the first state in the nation to set a regulatory limit for the chemical.

"I think it's about time," said Emily Donovan, a GenX citizen activist in North Carolina in reaction to a state looking at regulation for the chemical under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).

GenX is used as a replacement for PFOA since its use ceased in the US. According to a federal fact sheet, "GenX is a trade name for a technology that is used to make highperformance fluoropolymers (e.g., some nonstick coatings) without the use of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)."

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