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Upton: CDC providing $1 million to study impact of PFAS in southwest Michigan

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Washington, September 25, 2019 | Josh Paciorek (202-313-2643) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today issued the following statement after the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced earlier this week that $1 million will be provided to the Michigan State Department of Health and Human Services to look at the relationship between PFAS exposure and certain health outcomes in Parchment and Cooper Township, Michigan.

“This funding from the CDC will help expand the knowledge and understanding of the effects that PFAS has on our health – an important step as we continue our efforts to study the total impact PFAS has on our communities,” Upton said. “The bottom line is we all want our communities, our homes, and our families to have access to safe, clean drinking water.”

According to the CDC, this funding is being granted as part of a nationwide, multi-site health study that will help us better understand the health risks posed by PFAS. The study will assess certain health outcomes such as lipid metabolism, kidney function, thyroid disease, liver disease, glycemic parameters, diabetes and immune response.

The CDC says that the goal of this study is to help communities make better decisions in response to PFAS-related issues and to improved public health.

More information about the multi-site study is available on CDC/ATSDR’s website, and information about CDC/ATSDR’s other activities to address PFAS exposure can be found at www.atsdr.cdc.gov/pfas.

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