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Governor Whitmer limits state purchases of PFAS-laced products with new executive directive

Posted at 3:44 PM, Oct 27, 2021

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a new executive directive to curb the state government’s purchases of consumer goods that contain PFAS.

The Michigan governor’s office says the directive applies to nonessential items that may contain PFAS. We’re told furniture, carpets and sanitary products are examples of such items.

“PFAS are dangerous, man-made chemicals that pose a threat to our health,” says Governor Whitmer. “We need to lead with science and work together to keep families safe and ensure Michigan continues leading the nation when it comes to protecting people from toxic contaminants.”

“Today Governor Whitmer took bold action to use the purchasing power of the State to prevent PFAS exposure,” said Rebecca Meuninck, deputy director of the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor. “Other states and municipalities have begun creating procurement policies and purchasing specifications related to PFAS in products but none are as broad as Michigan’s new directive that includes all product categories.”

Read Executive Directive No. 2021-8 below:

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