Drinking Water Rule Promulgation

New rules promulgated or proposed for public water supplies update the provisions of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act.  New rules are promulgated under authority conferred on the Director of EGLE by Section 5 of the Safe Drinking Water Act, 1976 PA 399, as amended (Act 399), identified as R 325.10101 through R 325.12820. Modified and new rules are published on the Michigan Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules (MOAHR) website.

Current Rules Projects

2019-035 EG

Supplying Water to the Public: Proposed PFAS drinking water standards

To establish enforceable drinking water standards for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) found during the 2018 sampling of Michigan’s public drinking water supplies. While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has established an unenforceable lifetime health advisory level for total perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), many academia, health officials, and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ASTDR) deem this advisory level is too high. In addition, the lack of an enforceable standard for PFOS and PFOA and other commonly found PFAS chemicals impairs EGLE’s ability to take enforceable actions to protect human health and the environment.

Rule Promulgation Timeline

1. Formal Request for Rulemaking: 3/26/2019 

Request for Rulemaking (RFR) submitted to the Michigan Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules (MOAHR)

2. Stakeholder Process: July through September 2019

3. Draft rules and Regulatory Impact Statement filed with MOAHR:  Nov-Dec 2019

4. Public Comment Period: OPEN through January 31, 2020

Submit written comments by email or US Mail to:
Drinking Water and Environmental Health Division
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
Attention: Suzann Ruch
PO Box 30817
Lansing, Michigan 48909-8311

5. Public Hearing: three public hearings being held in January 2020

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Drinking Water and Environmental Health
Division will hold three information meetings and public hearings on the dates and at the locations listed below from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The hearings will be held to receive public comments on proposed changes to the rules titled Supplying Water to the Public.   (1/6/2020 Press Release)

Information Meeting and Hearing Agenda

Public Hearing Dates and Locations

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Presentation from January 8 Session

Recording of January 8 Session

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Thursday, January 16, 2020 

Grand Valley State University
LV Eberhard Center 
301 Fulton St. W
Grand Rapids 

Room EC 215
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Washtenaw Community College
Morris Lawrence Building 
4800 E Huron River Dr
Ann Arbor

Towsley Auditorium
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Ralph A. MacMullan (RAM)
Conference Center 
104 Conservation Dr.

Au Sable Classroom
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Notice of Public Hearing (PDF) 

Any interested person is invited to attend and present their views. It is requested that all statements be submitted in writing for the hearing record.

Live streaming of the January 14th meeting is available.

6. Final rules filed with MOAHR: