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Upton, Dingell, Walberg Release Commitment from EPA on Michigan PFAS Meeting

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Washington, September 26, 2018 | Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761) | comments

Today, Representatives Fred Upton (MI-6), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), and Tim Walberg (MI-7) received commitment from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the agency will come to Michigan for a meeting on PFAS chemicals in drinking water. The lawmakers will continue to work with the EPA on finalizing a time and location.

You can read the EPA’s response here.

“Michigan has been hit hard with the number of PFAS confirmed sites growing rapidly over the last few years,” Upton, Dingell, and Walberg said in a joint statement. “We thank the EPA for committing to see first-hand the extent of the growing PFAS contamination problem Michigan is confronting. We will work with the State of Michigan and the EPA to finalize a time and place for this meeting.”

Earlier this month, 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. Dingell, Upton, and Walberg followed up with the EPA’s commitment in a letter following the hearing.

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