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Upton’s opening statement at subcommittee hearing on PFAS contamination and exposure

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Washington, May 15, 2019 | Josh Paciorek (202-225-3761) | comments

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) delivered the following opening statement today at a Subcommittee on the Environment and Climate Change hearing on “Legislative Proposals to Protect Americans at Risk of PFAS Contamination & Exposure.”

The hearing reviewed a number of PFAS legislation, including H.R. 2626 and H.R. 535. Upton introduced H.R. 2626 last week and is an original cosponsor of H.R. 535.

H.R. 2626, the PFAS Federal Facility Accountability Act of 2019, would require federal agencies to cooperate with states as PFAS contamination is detected in communities near federal installations such as active military installations, former military installations, or National Guard facilities.

H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act of 2019, would designate all PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances and allows the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up contaminated sites in Michigan and across the country.

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery

“10 months ago the city of Parchment, Michigan awoke to a startling new reality: extremely high levels of PFOA and PFOS were not only found at a capped landfill; but these chemicals were also discovered in their drinking water at levels many times above EPA’s Lifetime Health Advisory.

While Parchment was the first community to have its water system test results come in that high, it was not the only place where PFAS chemicals were found in the drinking water in Michigan.

Some of the smartest minds working on PFAS contamination are in Michigan, not because its in the water, but because of our water.  I am fortunate that one of the premiere scientists on PFAS, Dr. Matt Reeves, is based in my district at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and we have easy access to his work.  Dr. Reeves recently published a White Paper outlining a “National Roadmap” for addressing PFAS – I would like to submit it for the record.  The White Paper calls for the development of a research consortium with the express purpose of addressing many of the critical research areas using best science practices, state-of-the-art technology, and high impact dissemination of research findings and challenges.”

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