Stamas statement on Wurtsmith Air Force Base PFAS developments

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, issued the following statement in response to an announcement made on Monday by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and the U.S. Air Force that the Air Force will accelerate its PFAS investigation and treatment at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda:

“I appreciate that the Air Force finally sees what Oscoda residents have been dealing with for years — that more must be done, and sooner, to get rid of the PFAS contamination at the Wurtsmith base. The contamination caused by the federal government has affected the area’s residents for too long and, frankly, the federal government needs to fix it.

“More needs to be done to ensure that affected homeowners have access to safe water for their families instead of just talking about it. That’s why the Senate has acted to support clean water initiatives, including most recently to invest an additional $120 million for drinking water protections in the fiscal year 2020 budget.

“I look forward to the federal government doing its part in cleaning up Wurtsmith to ensure residents have access to clean water once again.”