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The lawsuit, filed in the state Court of Claims on April 21, seeks to invalidate the state’s drinking water limits and groundwater cleanup criteria for seven different per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, that went into effect last summer.
The state regulatory standards, known as Maximum Contaminant Limits, or MCLs, restrict the amount of PFAS allowed in public water supplies and require regular testing.
Michigan is the latest state with PFAS standards to face a challenge by 3M, which makes and sells the chemicals and has fought regulations meant to limit their exposure to humans.
In its filing, 3M called the state’s rules “scientifically flawed” and alleged the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) did not follow proper administrative procedure; instead, developing the rules in haste to meet an “unrealistic timeline requested by the governor.”
The company alleges the state failed to properly evaluate costs of compliance with the rules for water providers who may have to upgrade their systems to filter the contaminants.
The case has been assigned to Judge Colleen O’Brien, who was appointed in 2015 by former Gov. Rick Snyder.
In a statement, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel called the lawsuit an “irresponsible attack” that she’ll move to have dismissed in court.
“We will not tolerate these poisons in our environment and our drinking water, and we will not tolerate a corporation like 3M putting its dollars ahead of our health and our water,” she said.
With the filing, Michigan becomes the lates state to face a challenge to its PFAS limits in drinking water from chemical makers. 3M is pressing a similar case in New Jersey and lost a challenge in New Hampshire after the state legislature passed a law adopting that state’s standards.
States have filled the regulatory gap with drinking water limits for PFAS in recent years because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not regulate the chemicals in drinking water. The EPA only relies on an unenforceable health advisory level that multiple states and numerous advocates and academics have called inadequate protection.
Michigan delegates in Congress are pushing the EPA to develop national standards for the individual compounds PFOS and PFOA within two years though bipartisan legislation. In March, the EPA under President Joe Biden said it was moving forward with developing standards under the Safe Drinking Water Act after the agency pledged its long-awaited commitment to do that on Donald Trump’s last full day in office.
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kp777 · an hour ago
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From the article:
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The shrinking stratosphere is a stark signal of the climate emergency and the planetary-scale influence that humanity now exerts, according to Juan Añel, at the University of Vigo, Ourense in Spain and part of the research team. “It is shocking,” he said. “This proves we are messing with the atmosphere up to 60 kilometres.”
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“It may affect satellite trajectories, orbital life-times, and retrievals […] the propagation of radio waves, and eventually the overall performance of the Global Positioning System and other space-based navigational systems,” the researchers said.
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newf-surfboard-net · an hour ago
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California, baby opossum sighting. #nature #environment #opposum #wildlife https://www.instagram.com/p/COy5T85D-2F/?igshid=eir63d2rs4q3
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mistyldrost58world · 2 hours ago
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risaonda · 2 hours ago
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maybe i missed a few additional trailers before but i’ve been watching a playthrough of village and it’s so wild 2 me that they hyped the game up with like just dimitrescu and very little if any of the anything else when the castle feels like a pretty brief point in the game (especially when it’s like the first major sequence u go through irt the 4 lords at least)
on the other hand my brain just went on a very funny tangent bc i just finished watching the part with donna and it was like something something ppl going into the game for big booby vampire followed by a section with incredibly atmospheric doll horror = remember when back before the shape of water released and ppl were like omg a cute romance with a precious fish man! and then the movie released and ppl were horrified that it had like blood and dying like it wasn’t rated r? something that adjacent
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harribvl · 3 hours ago
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harribel is incredibly intimidating if she wants to be, and honestly? good for her.
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seacombers · 3 hours ago
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why do i insist on pretending im fine in front of people // big negative
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roymustbang · 3 hours ago
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i don’t think i’ll ever understand the value of NFT’s no matter how many times i read or hear about them
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mistyldrost58world · 3 hours ago
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breezerocks · 3 hours ago
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MetalGlam Share: How The Next Generation of Fashion Resale Is Shaping Up | Vogue Business
MetalGlam Share: How The Next Generation of Fashion Resale Is Shaping Up | Vogue Business
Large secondhand companies like Poshmark are filing for IPO status. This means they have shareholders. Buying secondhand is not just a fad when huge corporations see this burgeoning market. Then there are smaller sole entrepreneurs like me utilizing Poshmark to sell items for a profit and help the environment. Check out the current resale news! https://www.instagram.com/p/CNmUITYsNBv/
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alltribessf · 3 hours ago
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Repost @hiphop4change ・・・ Join us on May 20th at the 5th Annual Environmental Justice Summit, hosted by Hip Hop For Change, as we #AddColorToTHeGreenMovement by discussing how environmentalism impacts all classes, colors, and demographics of society. Performances by: @blackthought @m1deadprezrbg @sarocthemc @eastshorehighway @manidraper @djdsharp @brookfieldduece @grandnationxl @shortkut @ark808 @raskdee @mr.stevencharles Register at: bit.ly/ejs-2021 . . . #EJS2021 #GreenJustice4All #WeStandUnited #environmentaljustice #equity #environmentaljusticematters #diversityequityinclusion #environment #globalwarming #environmentalist #climatechangeisreal #climatechange #socialjustice #ecofriendly #green #environmentaleducation #climateemergency #fortheplanet #oneearth #environmentalprotection #climatesolutions #climatechangeawareness #climatecrisis #helptheearth #mindfulness #sustainableliving #water #zerowaste #climate https://www.instagram.com/p/COypIYehvgq/?igshid=hs8zwwsls0nm
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