Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

Getting tough

Michigan bill proposes nation's lowest PFAS limit

A hydrant tap outside Grayling City Hall on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The city's municipal water supply has been contaminated with low levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances named PFAS, or PFCs. The contaminants are confirmed in groundwater and drinking water on and around the the Camp Grayling National Guard base. GARRET ELLISON

MLive.com

MLive.com

Michigan would have the toughest legal drinking water limit for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in the nation under terms of new state legislation introduced by Rep. Winnie Brinks, a Democrat from Grand Rapids. Brinks and six Democrat co-sponsors introduced Michigan House Bill 5373, which would establish a state standard for PFAS in drinking water of 5-parts-per-trillion, which is 14 times lower than the EPA's health advisory level of 70-ppt for two PFAS chemicals, PFOS and PFOA.

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Ohio wants treatment plants to step up algae fight

Associated Press

Next up in Ohio's push to combat the harmful algae plaguing Lake Erie and other waterways is a proposal to set new limits on wastewater plants. The Ohio EPA's idea is to remove more than 2 million pounds of algae-feeding phosphorus that's dumped into the state's rivers and streams each year. It wants to force plants to make upgrades to the treatment process. In most cases that would mean adding more chemicals to remove phosphorus in the wastewater.

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EPA urges Flint to increase pace of water projects

MLive.com

The federal government wants Flint and Michigan to get busy with "critically needed" spending on the city's water system. Christopher Korleski, director of the U.S. EPA Water Division, asked Mayor Karen Weaver and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Director Heidi Grether to pick up the pace of planning and implementation of water infrastructure projects in a Dec. 7 letter.

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