Macomb County lawmakers laud bill addressing local pollution

first_img13Dec Macomb County lawmakers laud bill addressing local pollution Budget measure key step in dealing with health threat The five Republican legislators representing Macomb County residents today applauded House passage of a budget bill to address the emerging threat posed by a type of chemical contaminant identified in the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair.State Reps. Diana Farrington, Pamela Hornberger, Peter Lucido, Steve Marino and Jeff Yaroch all voted for the supplemental budget bill to provide testing, monitoring and technical assistance at more than a dozen sites across Michigan where per- and polyfouorakyl substances (PFAS) have been found in groundwater.“I think this funding is essential to ensure the health, safety and welfare of our Macomb County communities,” said Marino, of Harrison Township, whose district includes the lake, river and Selfridge Air Base. “Although Selfridge is not one of the sites identified as polluted, I am certain it will be added to the list because of the fire-suppression chemicals that have been used there for years. We need to proactively mitigate this pollution and protect families in our communities.”The bill also funds improvements to the state’s water-testing laboratory, which does not have the capacity to test for PFAS.“Water testing is done out of state and it can take up to eight weeks for families across the state to get results,” said Farrington, of Utica. “That’s simply unacceptable. Our families deserve to have results in a more immediate manner.”Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, said she is pleased the bill requires the party causing the pollution to pay for clean-up.“The legislation requires any private or public entity responsible for PFAS contamination, including the federal Department of Defense, to reimburse the state,” Hornberger said.Lucido, of Shelby Township, said he believes the locations identified as being polluted as only the tip of the iceberg.“PFAS are found not only in fire suppressants, but have been used in hundreds of industrial applications and consumer products such as carpeting, apparels, upholstery, food paper wrappings, and metal plating,” Lucido said. “Unfortunately, I think the contamination is more widespread than we first believed.”Yaroch, of Richmond, said it is vital not only to protect the health of families throughout the state, but also to preserve our natural resources.“Addressing contaminants and protecting our lakes and rivers is a top priority,” Yaroch said.The bill now goes to the governor for consideration.#####The supplemental bill is House Bill 4320.center_img Categories: Lucido News,Newslast_img

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