Michigan congressman pushes for survey of dangerous chemical

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) is continuing a bipartisan push to require the U.S. Geological Survey to look for PFAS in water.

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) is continuing a bipartisan push to mandate the U.S. Geological Survey to a nationwide search for PFAS in water. (Source: Gray DC)

Thursday, the bill introduced by Kildee and Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI) had a hearing on Capitol Hill.

Kildee said the hearing signals increasing support for the bill to become law.

He said, "The important thing is that people understand the threat and know if they're being exposed to PFAS so first they can take steps to protect themselves and their family."

In a written statement Bergman said, "Today, we're taking another bipartisan step to address PFAS contamination across Michigan. Collecting data on the scope of PFAS contamination is critical for our families in potentially impacted areas and for coordinated clean-up efforts across all levels of government. I'm proud that our PFAS Detection Act of 2019 is being recognized by our colleagues as a way to help enhance community health and gain a better understanding of what will be needed to tackle this toxic chemical."

PFAS is a chemical used in firefighting foam on military bases, as well as in food packaged in PFAS-containing material, water-repellent fabrics, and non-stick pans, according to the EPA. Multiple federal agencies have said the chemical can negatively affect health when consumed.

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