Michigan PFAS Action Response Team launches grant program for testing at municipal airports

$4 million grant program announced

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) announced a $4 million grant program available to municipal airport operators to support monitoring and testing for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination.

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The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will oversee the grant program.

Eligible applicants are current or former Part 139 commercial service airports in Michigan that have used or are suspected to have used Class B Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) to comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements.

Federal, state and military aviation facilities are not eligible for the grant funding. Co-located municipal airport operations can apply.

Grant applications are due May 29. Grant recipients will be announced in July and range from $50,000 to $250,000.

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Priority will be given to airports that demonstrate:

  • Known or suspected impacts to sensitive receptors such as residential wells
  • Known or suspected impacts to lakes, streams and wetlands, especially waterbodies used for drinking water
  • Releases known to be above Michigan’s groundwater cleanup criteria
  • Detailed documentation of historic uses of AFFF
  • Hydrogeological risk factors such as groundwater flow direction
  • Continued overall compliance with environmental regulations

A request for proposals (RFP) detailing the grant program can be found at Michigan.gov/Aero. EGLE will host a webinar about the program at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 28. Click here to register for the webinar.

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