State Rep. Peter Lucido, of Shelby Township, recently welcomed hundreds of local residents to a town hall meeting to discuss concerns over water quality in Lake St. Clair, its tributaries and watershed, as well as possible PFAS contamination in drinking water.
Those invited to speak included federal, state, and local government officials; representatives from Selfridge Air National Guard Base; representatives from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality; Macomb County Health Department; Macomb County Public Works Department; and other experts.
“Last year, I held the first Lake St. Clair Water-Quality Town Hall, and this was an opportunity to allow the various, state and local agencies responsible for health, infrastructure and environmental concerns to provide an update on the progress that has, or has not, been made over the past 12 months,” Lucido said. “And with the emerging and magnifying threat of PFAS contamination in Michigan’s ground and surface waters, I wanted to help educate people on the currently known extent of the contamination, its potential health ramifications, and what is being done to protect us from these dangers. Though we don’t have all the answers yet, and we still have considerable progress to make in enacting stronger requirements and regulations, it is important to keep the conversation and information flowing.”
The town hall took place on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, at MacRay Harbor in Harrison Charter Township, on the shore of Lake St. Clair.
Rep. Lucido provided a review and update on his legislation to regulate the handling, cleanup, storage, and disposal of PFAS chemicals; have the few remaining municipal sewer systems that have not, yet, done so, to separate their storm-water and sanitary sewer systems; and to increase fees and taxes on companies that withdrawal large quantities of ground water and place the proceeds into a restricted fund to support water and sewage infrastructure improvements. He also discussed his resolution petitioning Congress and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to prioritize the issue of PFAS and water safety.
For more information on the town hall and to stay up to date on efforts to protect water quality in the Lake St. Clair, contact Rep. Lucido’s legislative office by phone at (888) MICH-REP, or by email at PeterLucido@house.mi.gov.