FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Contact: Katie Parrish, Communications Director, (239) 537-9507
Michigan LCV: Federal inaction requires state action on PFAS contamination
LANSING – The Michigan League of Conservation Voters (Michigan LCV) today issued the following statement after reports indicated the Trump Environmental Protection Agency will not set a federal drinking water standard for PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) and news broke that the Air Force will not comply with Michigan’s existing surface water standard nor take remediation actions at the polluted Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda.
“With the federal government outright refusing to take action on the nation’s growing PFAS drinking water crisis, it’s time for state lawmakers to take bold leadership and pass an enforceable, statewide drinking water standard to protect our communities,” said Lisa Wozniak, executive director of Michigan LCV. “With 1.9 million Michiganders exposed to this toxic chemical, we urge lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to protect the health of Michigan communities and pass legislation that sets a drinking water standard without delay.”