The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has launched a $1.4M program to collect PFAS-containing aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) from fire departments and commercial airports across the state. The state recently began collecting the first of more than 34,000 gallons of Class B AFFF for shipment to a facility in Idaho, where it will be solidified and placed in a licensed hazardous waste landfill.
“Michigan remains a leader in removing sources of PFAS contamination from our water,” said Michigan PFAS Action Response Team Executive Director Steve Sliver. “We believe this is the largest collection and disposal effort yet among the handful of states that are taking action to prevent future contamination from Class B AFFF. This product has been responsible for contaminating drinking water around hundreds of military bases and commercial airports across the country. Michigan calls on the EPA, Department of Defense, and FAA to take more action on this growing environmental and public health threat.”