Dingell Statement on Michigan Joining Lawsuit Against PFAS Chemicals Manufacturers
Washington, January 15, 2020
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) issued the following statement on Michigan joining a leading lawsuit against manufactures that produced and failed to clean up PFAS chemicals:
“Michigan is ground zero for PFAS contamination. It is everywhere including our non-stick cookware, food containers, carpets, clothing, cosmetics, firefighting foam, and – most frighteningly – our drinking waters. Congress continues to work on legislation to clean up these ‘forever chemicals.’ However, we must also work to hold the polluters accountable.
“But the most troubling thing I have learned through all of this is that the manufacturing companies knew about the harms of PFAS—and even tracked it in the blood of employees—while the EPA has completely abandoned its responsibility to act swiftly and comprehensively to respond. This is wrong and they must be held accountable.
“Thanks to Governor Whitmer and Attorney General Nessel for their leadership to hold polluters accountable. PFAS is an urgent public health and environmental threat and we must take action.”