West Michigan group, Sen. Peters to testify on Capitol Hill over PFAS concerns

Posted at 5:47 AM, Sep 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-26 05:48:02-04

WASHINGTON -- The Michigan Demands Action Group is in Washington D.C. today for a congressional hearing organized by Michigan Sen. Gary Peters about the impact of PFAS.

The meeting will focus on the federal role in the PFAS chemical crisis across the U.S., as concerns over the chemical continue to grow.

Among those expected to testify are members of the Michigan Demands Action Group, who are focused on fixing PFAS contamination in Plainfield Township and across the state.

In July, residents in Parchment and Cooper townships were advised to stop drinking their water due to elevated PFAS levels.

Experts say the contaminants, which have been linked to health problems including certain cancers, have been in use for decades in firefighting foams and other industrial applications at military bases, airports, and manufacturing facilities.

Members of the group say they hope the meeting will generate some type of legislation.