Aides for the White House and US EPA delayed the release of a study on the impacts of a chemical in drinking water around current and former military bases, according to a report from Politico.
The study found that PFAs, a chemical contaminant found in the drinking water around Grayling and Oscoda, impact humans at levels much lower than previously thought.
It is thought to be safe at levels lower than 70 parts per trillion, but according to an investigation from Politico, a study from the federal HHS allegedly reveals the chemicals could be harmful at one-sixth that level for infants and breastfeeding mothers.
Sources with Politico say the White House and EPA worked to delay the release of that study citing a “public relations nightmare.”
On Monday, US Congressman Dan Kildee sent a letter calling on the US EPA and the Department of Health and Human Services to release the study immediately.
In his letter, Kildee said, “the top priority of the HHS and EPA should be protecting human health.”