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Upton, Michigan Representatives to Whitmer: Reconsider Veto of Critical Funding to Protect Communities from PFAS

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Washington, October 9, 2019 | Josh Paciorek (202-225-3761) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Fred Upton (MI-06), Jack Bergman (MI-01), Bill Huizenga (MI-02), Tim Walberg (MI-07), and Paul Mitchell (MI-10) today sent a letter to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer urging her to reconsider vetoing $15 million in funding for a grant program for municipal airports to test and monitor for PFAS. Michigan has a number of municipal airports – including the Dowagiac Municipal Airport in the 6th District - that are required to use and test Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) that contains PFAS and can be released into the groundwater. The grants Whitmer vetoed are critical to allowing them to do so.

“We are deeply concerned by your decision to veto $15,000,000 in funding for a grant program for municipal airports to test and monitor for PFAS,” wrote the lawmakers. “PFAS contamination is both a threat to public health and Michigan’s economy. Many communities depend on groundwater for their drinking water, and it is imperative that we devote the necessary resources to test municipal airports, where we know there is a high probability of PFAS contamination.”

The full text of the letter is below and a PDF can be downloaded here.

Dear Goverror Whitmer:

PFAS contamination is such a serious issue in our state and in communities across the nation. We know our fight against PFAS contamination is just starting and we are proud that Michigan has been a leader on this issue, as we are one of the first states to test drinking water statewide and to establish a clean-up standard for PFAS in groundwater used for drinking water.

We are deeply concerned by your decision to veto $15,000,000 in funding for a grant program for municipal airports to test and monitor for PFAS. Michigan has hundreds of municipal airports that are required to use and test Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) that contain PFAS and can be released into the groundwater. These grants are critical to allowing them to do so.

PFAS contamination is both a threat to public health and Michigan’s economy. Many communities depend on groundwater for their drinking water, and it is imperative that we devote the necessary resources to test municipal airports, where we know there is a high probability of PFAS contamination. I hope you reconsider your veto and continue Michigan’s history of being a leader on PFAS testing and clean-up.

 


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