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Michigan members of Congress push for clean-up of PFAS

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Two Michigan members of Congress are hopeful for action on legislation to speed the clean-up of PFAS contamination sites.

PFAS are a family of industrial chemicals linked to serious health problems.

Democrat Debbie Dingell and Republican Fred Upton today [Tuesday] introduced the PFAS Action Act.  

Dingell says this is a national crisis.

“PFAS is an urgent public health and environmental threat," said Dingell. " It has been that way for a long time.  And the number of contamination sites nationwide is growing at an alarming rate, including at our military bases.”

The bill would establish a national drinking water standard for select PFAS chemicals and would give the Environmental Protection Agency direction to act on cleaning up contaminated sites in Michigan and across the country.

The bill is similar to legislation passed by the last Congress that died in the US Senate.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting. During his two and a half decades in broadcasting, Steve has won numerous awards, including accolades from the Associated Press and Radio and Television News Directors Association. Away from the broadcast booth, Steve is an avid reader and movie fanatic. Q&A