Plenary Speaker

Abby Hendershott

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Abigail (Abby) Hendershott, a 30-year veteran of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), is the Executive Director of the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team. MPART is a multi-agency task force charged with investigating PFAS contamination, overseeing clean-up and other response activities aimed at protecting Michigan’s drinking water. Ms. Hendershott has focused on PFAS response activities since 2017 and led the team responsible for Michigan’s largest PFAS contamination response to-date, the investigation into the former Wolverine Worldwide tannery in Rockford. In that role, her team was responsible for a $113 million legal settlement establishing clean-up plans and municipal water connections for thousands of residents in northern Kent County. She supervised the Remediation and Redevelopment Division’s Grand Rapids district office and has more than 25 years of project management experience for complex environmental remediation projects. Ms. Hendershott has a B.S. in Resource Development from Michigan State University and is a graduate of the Michigan State Great Lakes Leadership Academy.