State Rep. Mary Whiteford testified today before the House Natural Resources Committee in support of her resolution that helps build a scientific based framework for addressing the emerging threat posed by a type of chemical contaminant recently discovered in groundwater in various locations throughout Michigan.
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 groundwater, including communities in west Michigan. The funding will help support the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team, formed by Gov. Rick Snyder through executive directive to lead the state’s response to the contaminant.
“As chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Environmental Quality, I want to be sure all money allocated toward fixing this issue is used in the most impactful way possible,” said Whiteford, of Casco Township. “The framework proposed in this resolution will help guide the agencies involved and ensure that non-biased, scientific solutions and decisions are offered.”
House Concurrent Resolution 18 calls on the PFAS Action Response Team to:
- Create a PFAS Scientific Advisory Committee made up of scientific experts with various backgrounds.
- Review the information available on PFAS and conduct a non-biased, scientific risk assessment.
- Use the risk assessment to recommend a logical action plan to guide agencies’ efforts going forward.
The House Natural Resources Committee unanimously approved the resolution today, advancing it to the House floor for consideration.