Sen. Colbeck commends Gov. Snyder’s creation of new PFAS Response Team

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State website now made available

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, on Monday commended Gov. Snyder for his creation of the state’s new Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Response Team.

The stability of PFAS compounds results in their accumulation as they do not readily degrade. High concentrations of these compounds have been linked to significant health issues such as cancer.

“The governor’s formation of the PFAS Response Team is a responsible, proactive first step toward defining the scope and significance of the PFAS contamination issue throughout our state,” Sen. Colbeck said.

For many years, PFAS chemicals have been widely used within industry and on military bases. While the use of the chemicals has been declining, investigations looking into the public health effects of potential contamination are being conducted. The chemical is used across Michigan and the country. PFAS chemicals had been commonly used in firefighting foams, cleaning products, household cookware and carpets, and some food packaging.

“It is my duty as an elected official to ensure that my constituents are informed on this issue and others that potentially impact their health,” Sen. Colbeck said. “My staff and I will be coordinating with both the DEQ and the new state PFAS Response Team to ensure the constituents of the 7th Senate District have the latest information. These updates will be shared in our monthly e-newsletter.”

The PFAS Response Team will be responsible for coordinating efforts between 10 different state agencies to ensure the public is well-informed on the issue.

In order to facilitate these communications, the state has created a website where the public can find out information about PFAS contamination in Michigan. The website address is http://michigan.gov/pfasresponse.

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