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Upton Supports Innovative PFAS Research at Western Michigan University

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Washington, October 11, 2018 | Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, recently sent a letter to the Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing support of a research proposal being developed by Drs. at Western Michigan University and Michigan State University.

“PFAS contamination has been an ongoing problem in my district, gaining national attention with the incident in Parchment, Michigan last July as well as revelations of levels thousands of times the EPA-recommended limit found at the Battle Creek National Guard Base. The research being done at Western Michigan University and Michigan State University is vital to our understanding of plumes of contaminants and how they affect residents around them.” The letter reads in part.

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The full letter can be read online here or below:

Andrew Wheeler

Acting Administrator
United States Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20004

 Dear Administrator Wheeler:

 I write to express my support of the proposal “Development of an Integrated Framework for PFAS Plume Characterization, Monitoring and Forensics: Airborne and Conventional Geophysical Methods, Phytosampling, and Transport Modeling” developed by Drs. Dogan and Reeves from Western Michigan University and Dr. Hyndman from Michigan State University.

 The research outlined in this proposal will be used to develop an integrated methodology to generate data on the distribution of PFAS in vegetation, unsaturated and saturated zones, subsurface geology and heterogeneity, characterization of PFAS source releases, and predictions of PFAS migration.

 These data are critical for improving our current understanding of PFAS fate and transport and will enhance assessments of PFAS risks to human health. The field locations selected for study are among the highest profile PFAS contaminated sites in Michigan, and this research is intended to alleviate some of the major data and knowledge gaps for these sites.

PFAS contamination has been an ongoing problem in my district, gaining national attention with the incident in Parchment, Michigan last July as well as revelations of levels thousands of times the EPA-recommended limit found at the Battle Creek National Guard Base. The research being done at Western Michigan University and Michigan State University is vital to our understanding of understanding of plumes of contaminants and how they affect residents around them.

 Thank you for your consideration. Please let my office know if you have any questions or concerns.

 Sincerely,

Fred Upton
Member of Congress

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