Rep. Chris Afendoulis (R-Grand Rapids Township) today voted for two resolutions which address water contamination concerns in Kent County and around the state. House Resolution No. 228 and House Concurrent Resolution No. 18 both passed the House today by a unanimous vote.
“We are continuing to make strides in addressing water contamination issues in Kent County, but we have a long way to go,” Afendoulis said. “As an elected official, I have no greater priority than protecting the public health. My district is ground zero for the fight against water contamination, and I will not rest until my constituents have access to the highest quality drinking water possible.”
The resolutions request that Governor Snyder and the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) create a PFAS Scientific Advisory committee that is equally comprised of scientific experts from government, academia, and industry whose backgrounds include experience with PFAS in the scientific disciplines of analytical chemistry, environmental fate, toxicology, epidemiology, and risk assessment. They also ask that committee to study the EPA’s PFAS advisory level of 70 parts per trillion and provide a rationale for any new level for the state of Michigan.
“This is a hugely important issue, and we cannot tackle it without involving the best and brightest minds from all levels of government, academia, and private industry,” Afendoulis added. “Michigan is facing a water contamination crisis, and we need to use all available resources to address this issue.”