Sen. MacGregor resolution urges Washington, D.C. action on PFAS report

Sen. Peter MacGregor

Sen. Peter MacGregor

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Peter MacGregor recently offered a resolution requesting the federal government release a draft toxicological report prepared by the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry on perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

PFAS is a compound used in many consumer products and has been found in groundwater locally, in Kent County, and in locations throughout the state. The draft toxicological report is said to contain critical information about the potential health effects of exposure to a lower threshold of the chemicals.

“If the federal government has information about PFAS that could impact the health and well-being of residents, it must be made public immediately,” said Sen. MacGregor, R-Rockford.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 35 also urges the federal government to ensure that states receive necessary funding to carry out efforts needed to protect public health, and to follow Michigan’s example and increase coordination of federal agencies working on the issue for an effective response.

The resolution calls on the United States Environmental Protection Agency to establish a national, uniform, enforceable limit for PFAS in the environment as well.

“This resolution is about sending a message to Washington, D.C.,” Sen. MacGregor said.  “The federal government needs to get serious about protecting Michiganders from PFAS.”

The resolution was referred to the Senate Committee on Government Operations for consideration.