The Michigan House today approved a resolution introduced by state Rep. Mary Whiteford ensuring effective use of state funds provided to address an emerging water contaminant.
In December, the Legislature agreed to allocate $23.2 million to provide testing, monitoring and technical assistance at more than a dozen sites across Michigan where per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been found in recent years.
Whiteford, who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Environmental Quality, said her resolution will provide the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team formed by Gov. Rick Snyder with a scientific framework that ensures public tax dollars are used in an impactful way.
“It’s my responsibility as a member of the House Appropriations Committee to ensure that state resources are used in an effective and efficient manner,” said Whiteford, of Casco Township.
Whiteford’s resolution calls on the PFAS Action Response Team to:
- Create a scientific advisory committee made up of scientific experts with various backgrounds.
- Evaluate the Environmental Protection Agency’s current drinking water health advisory level of 70 parts per trillion.
- Review the information available on PFAS and conduct a non-biased scientific risk assessment to determine the extent of contamination and who is responsible for its presence.
- Use the risk assessment to recommend a logical action plan to guide agencies’ efforts going forward.
“Moving forward, we expect to learn a lot of new information about PFAS contamination in Michigan,” Whiteford said. “This team of experts will focus on the scientific aspects of the issue and offer non-biased recommendations to help guide our response.”