Dingell, Upton, Walberg Hold EPA to PFAS Meeting Commitment
Washington, DC, September 7, 2018
After the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) committed to holding a meeting in Michigan on PFAS chemicals in drinking water, Representatives Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Fred Upton (MI-6), and Tim Walberg (MI-7) followed up on the commitment and called for details to finalize a time and place.
Thursday, the Environment Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) in which an EPA official committed to sending experts and senior officials to Michigan to discuss PFAS contamination sites. The EPA had originally planned a public meeting in Michigan, but later pulled it from the schedule.
“Michigan has been hit hard,” the lawmakers wrote. “The number of PFAS confirmed sites has been growing rapidly over the last few years. According to the State of Michigan, there are now 35 confirmed PFAS contamination sites and the public is seriously concerned. While there is more work to do, the state is aggressively testing, tracking, and working to combat PFAS. The State of Michigan fully supports an EPA visit and is looking forward to hosting. It is invaluable for EPA to see first-hand the extent of the growing PFAS contamination problem we are confronting.”
Recently a “Do Not Eat” fish advisory was issued for the Huron River due to elevated PFAS levels. The town of Parchment, MI also recently had a crisis with PFAS in their water supply, and there are major contaminations at several military installations in Michigan as well. PFAS chemicals are man-made and linked to certain cancers and serious health problems.
You can read a copy of the lawmakers' letter to the EPA here or below: