PRESS RELEASE: MICHIGAN ELECTED OFFICIALS AND ADVOCATES HIGHLIGHT WATER INVESTMENTS, URGE MORE ACTION ON PFAS PROTECTION 

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August 3, 2022

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MICHIGAN ELECTED OFFICIALS AND ADVOCATES HIGHLIGHT WATER INVESTMENTS, URGE MORE ACTION ON PFAS PROTECTION 

Rep. Debbie Dingell: “The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law included $55 billion to address water infrastructure challenges, from replacing lead service lines to mitigating PFAS. The funding represents the single largest investment in water that the federal government has ever made.”

State Rep. Yousef Rabhi: “We cannot rest until we fully address this issue, eliminate the discharge of PFAS and other chemicals into any of our waterways, and make sure the corporate criminals pay to clean up the toxic disasters they have created.”

Great Lakes Water Authority’s Suzanne Coffey: “We are on the frontline of this battle, and we look forward to working together and expanding our ability to address emerging contaminants, as well as mitigate the impacts on the environment and the communities we serve.”

Environmental Working Group’s Melanie Benesh: “The EPA’s infrastructure grants will help ensure that small, rural and disadvantaged communities – many disproportionately impacted by PFAS contamination  – will finally have access to clean drinking water.”

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI), State Representative Yousef Rabhi, Great Lakes Water Authority CEO Suzanne Coffey, and Environmental Working Group Vice President for Government Affairs Melanie Benesh joined a press call hosted by Invest in America today to highlight the Biden administration’s $1 billion investment of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law grants to address PFAS in small and disadvantaged communities.

Watch the recording here.

The following are statements from the call:

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI):
“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law included $55 billion to address water infrastructure challenges, from replacing lead service lines to mitigating PFAS. The funding represents the single largest investment in water that the federal government has ever made. This is a meaningful step in ensuring that everyone has access to clean water — we have to keep fighting for people and working to get this issue cleaned up.”

State Rep. Yousef Rabhi (MI-53):
“Addressing the PFAS issue in the state of Michigan is of top-tier importance. Thankfully, with the federal money secured by Congresswoman Dingell and other Representatives, we have invested significantly in the state budget and state supplementals, but there is more that we can and we should be doing. We cannot rest until we fully address this issue, eliminate the discharge of PFAS and other chemicals into any of our waterways, and make sure the corporate criminals pay to clean up the toxic disasters they have created.”

Suzanne Coffey, CEO of Great Lakes Water Authority:
“Our program has been successful in identifying point sources for PFAS in the sewer system, yet there is still a threat of introduction of PFAS through illicit industrial discharges and unregulated household discharges. The money that we hope to receive will allow us to respond, treat, remediate, and dispose of PFAS. We are on the frontline of this battle, and we look forward to working together and expanding our ability to address emerging contaminants, as well as mitigate the impacts on the environment and the communities we serve.”

Melanie Benesh, Vice President for Government Affairs at Environmental Working Group:
“We applaud the historic investment in infrastructure for small, rural, and disadvantaged communities that was announced by the EPA in June. The EPA’s infrastructure grants will help ensure that small, rural and disadvantaged communities –  many disproportionately impacted by PFAS contamination  – will finally have access to clean drinking water. The urgency is only increased by the EPA’s recent announcement that four notorious PFAS chemicals are toxic at incredibly low levels. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s investment is a great first step, but we need to continue working to ensure that all communities have access to clean water.”

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Invest In America is a national rapid response operation advocating for robust public investment to rescue the economy from the COVID crisis and create prosperity for the future, and to fight back against fear-mongers who use deficit concerns as a scapegoat to starve American communities and businesses of resources.

The operation consists of two components: Invest in America, the charitable and public education arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Economic Security Project co-chair Chris Hughes; and Invest in America Action, the advocacy and social welfare arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project Action funded by Chris Hughes and the Omidyar Network.

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