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Congressman Kildee urges PFAS chemical cleanup at US military bases

Dan Kildee testifies before the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations
Dan Kildee

Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Flint) is urging legislators to invest more money in cleaning up PFAS pollution at military bases across the country.

Kildee testified Tuesday before Congress.

He says a study from the Government Accountability Office finds more than 400 military sites in the U.S. have "known or potential releases of PFAS after decades of using firefighting foam."

“Clearly the GAO study shows that this is not only impacting my district, but lots of districts all around the country,” Kildee said.

He says the Department of Defense has provided alternative drinking water at 32 of those military sites.

Kildee says the chemicals used on the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, Michigan continue to leach into ground and surface water that residents use for drinking.

“Sadly despite the DOD knowing about this situation at Wurtsmith since 2009, it has not acted quickly enough to stop contamination coming from the former base,” he said.

Kildee has introduced legislation in Congress to speed up clean-up efforts and look for PFAS contamination at other sites across the country.  

Paulette is a digital media reporter and producer for Michigan Public. She started as a newsroom intern at the station in 2014 and has taken on various roles in that time, including filling in as an on-air host.
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