Rally calls for higher EPA PFAS standard

Toxic Tap Water

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WOOD) — A rally Wednesday in Rockford called for changes to the standard of PFAS allowed in drinking water.

The rally attempted to put pressure on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to lower the standard allowed in water of 70 parts per trillion to closer to 12 ppt.

The Rockford area has been near the center of the PFAS discussion in West Michigan since the likely carcinogen was discovered in drinking wells nearly a year ago.

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Rockford Public Schools Superintendent Michael Shibler spoke at the rally, and asked lawmakers at every level of government to do something about the problem.

“They are responsible for making sure that their constituents have safe drinking water … but it’s going to take time,” he said.

Rockford schools had their water tested for PFAS, but results came back negative.

The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team announced Tuesday it was halfway through collecting samples from public water systems to check for PFAS. MDEQ workers have taken samples from almost 900 of the state’s nearly 1,900 public water systems and schools that operate on their own wells.

To this point in the search, only Parchment’s water supply has exceeded 70 ppt.

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