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3-26-19 - Michigan Must Heed Science When Considering PFAS Standards

LANSING, MI, March 26, 2019 –

The statement below may be attributed to the Michigan Chemistry Council (MCC) in response to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s request for a rulemaking to establish PFAS drinking water standards:

“The Michigan Chemistry Council believes that our state must heed sound science when considering new drinking water standards. We encourage a careful review process that accounts for the numerous determinations and their potential ramifications. Today’s announcement leaves many questions unanswered, including which PFAS compounds will be proposed for regulation and on what basis of risk assessment,” said MCC Executive Director John Dulmes.

“It is important to note that, as the first state to complete a comprehensive drinking water study, Michigan found no detection or minimal levels of PFAS in 97% of systems tested. In other instances, the state has assertively responded to PFAS detections using the standards and advisories already in place. We believe the EPA and other federal agencies are ultimately best-positioned to develop such rules, and have reinforced their commitment to do so. For that reason, we urge the Whitmer administration to ensure that science – not politics – is at the front and center of this proposed process.” 

The Michigan Chemistry Council, established in 1967, represents Michigan’s chemical manufacturers, formulators and distributors. Chemistry is one of Michigan’s largest manufacturing sectors, supporting more than 80,000 Michigan jobs and directly impacting more than 96% of all manufactured goods.

 
12/18/18 - Michigan Chemistry Council Welcomes PFAS Report and Encourages Continued Science Review

LANSING, MI, December 18, 2018 - The Michigan Chemistry Council (MCC) today welcomed the release of a report from the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) Science Advisory Panel. The MCC recognizes the comprehensive effort organized by Governor Snyder’s administration to respond to this issue, and also appreciates the work of the Science Advisory Panel to conduct its review on such an accelerated timetable.

“As with other environmental issues, the MCC believes strongly that our state must use the best available science when responding to PFAS,” said MCC Executive Director John Dulmes. “We will be carefully reviewing this external report and how its recommendations contribute to our understanding of PFAS in Michigan as well as the need for further study. We encourage a robust science-based approach and look forward to working constructively on this issue.”

The Michigan Chemistry Council, established in 1967, represents Michigan’s chemical manufacturers, formulators and distributors. Chemistry is Michigan’s fifth-largest manufacturing sector, supporting more than 80,000 Michigan jobs and directly impacting more than 96% of all manufactured goods.

 
10/22/18 - Michigan Chemistry Council Elects Eight Members to Board of Directors, Including Pfizer's John Manski and Praxair's Bob Reed

LANSING, MI, October 22, 2018 – At its annual membership meeting on October 16th, the Michigan Chemistry Council (MCC) elected eight members to its board of directors, including two members who are joining the MCC board for the first time.

The new members include:

  • John Manski, Director of Process and Product Technology, Pfizer, Kalamazoo
  • Bob Reed, Pipeline Business Manager, Praxair, Ecorse
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