Newsletter Updates
EGLE to Issue Cleanup Standards for Additional PFAS Compounds
Friday, October 23, 2020 12:00 AM

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy is expected to soon issue cleanup standards under the Part 201 program for five additional PFAS compounds. 

Back in August, EGLE finalized drinking water standards for seven PFAS compounds. At that time, the groundwater cleanup standards for PFOA and PFOS were also updated, resulting in 38 new sites being added to MPART’s ongoing investigations.

However, by law, these additional five compounds must undergo separate rulemaking before being issued as groundwater cleanup standards.

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Governor Signs COVID Liability Protection Bills
Friday, October 23, 2020 12:00 AM

On Thursday, October 22 Governor Whitmer signed into law a number of bills that would provide employers with express liability protections related to COVID-19 workplace issues. As noted, the Legislature last week was able to find compromise with the Governor, who had previously resisted such efforts.

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Senate Bill Would Require PFAS Labeling on Products
Friday, October 23, 2020 12:00 AM

On Wednesday, Senator Rosemary Bayer (D-Beverly Hills) announced that she was introducing a bill (SB 1208) to require manufacturers to label products containing PFAS, or to post retail signage indicating the same.

In the press release, Senator Bayer argued that “This legislation is a logical next step in our fight to combat these toxic ‘forever chemicals’ in all its forms. Consumers deserve every opportunity to know what’s in the products they’re purchasing so they are aware of possible exposure avenues — and health hazards — to them and their families.”

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Legislature Passes Compromise COVID Liability Protections and Unemployment Legislation
Friday, October 16, 2020 12:00 AM

On Monday, October 12, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that its decision invalidating the legal basis for the Governor’s executive orders should take immediate effect, leaving the Governor and lawmakers scrambling to address urgent COVID-related issues.

While most of the health- and safety-related requirements have been reinstated through MDHHS orders and MIOSHA emergency rules, several other measures required Legislative approval. On Tuesday, the Michigan Legislature met in a lengthy session to pass a number of critical bills, including:

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Governor Whitmer Announces $500 Million Spending Plan for Water Infrastructure
Friday, October 02, 2020 12:00 AM

On Thursday October 1st, Governor Whitmer announced a formal plan for spending $500 million to improve the state’s water infrastructure and quality. The plan, which will be called “MI Clean Water,” aims to bring together multiple existing federal and state funding sources to help address longstanding problems with lead service lines, combined sewer overflows, failing septic systems, aging drinking water mains, and PFAS contamination.

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