Rep. Chris Afendoulis (R-Grand Rapids Township) today called for more funding and resources in the ongoing water contamination crisis in his district. Afendoulis’ statement came in response to Governor Rick Snyder’s budget recommendation, which the Governor presented to a joint meeting of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees this morning. The Governor proposed $8 million in funding to address contamination specific to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
“I am committed to allocating more funding and resources to address water contamination in my district and statewide,” Afendoulis said. “We need to find every dollar we can afford to invest in providing the highest possible quality drinking water.”
The Governor’s budget recommendation called for an investment of $8 million from the general fund which would expand the DEQ’s capacity to conduct testing for PFAS and to respond to identified PFAS-related public health threats. Afendoulis indicated that he was not convinced that figure was adequate.
“The Governor’s inclusion of this item in his budget recommendation shows that it’s a priority for him,” Afendoulis added. “This $8 million is a starting point. However, I will be pushing at every phase of this budget process for more funding to combat this important issue in Kent County.”