Michigan PFAS Action Response Team awards $2.5M in grants for municipal airport PFAS testing

Published: Jul. 1, 2020 at 1:22 PM EDT
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The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) today announced it has awarded approximately $2.5 million in grant funding to municipal airport operators to support monitoring and testing for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination. Grants were awarded to the following airports:

- Detroit Metropolitan Airport - $250,000

- Willow Run Airport - $250,000


Delta County Airport - $235,200

- Bishop International Airport Authority - $250,000

- Gerald R. Ford International Airport - $249,904


Ford/Dickinson County Airport - $250,000

- Manistee Blacker Airport - $237,300

- Pellston Regional Airport - $250,000

- Oakland County International Airport - $100,000

- MBS International Airport - $154,000

- Cherry Capitol Airport - $249,981

The grant recipients were 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 were not eligible for the grant funding, although co-located municipal airport operations could apply.

Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is overseeing the grant program and Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) is providing technical assistance

There remains approximately $1.5 million in MPART grant funding available to eligible airports. Priority will be given to airports that demonstrate:

- They did not apply during the initial RFP application period.

- 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


For additional questions about the application process or general grant process questions, contact Steve Houtteman, MDOT Aeronautics, at

PFAS are a large group of man-made chemicals that have been used in many consumer and industrial products, such as non-stick cookware, waterproof fabrics and firefighting foam.

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