Levin Provision to Prioritize PFAS Research Included in Bill to Protect Great Lakes from Climate Change

December 11, 2019
Press Release
Rep. Levin also amended the bill to protect and restore avian habitats affected by climate change.

An amendment authored by Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) to prioritize research into the effects of PFAS chemicals, mercury, and other contaminants on Great Lakes fisheries and fishery ecosystems yesterday passed the House of Representatives as part of The Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act.

“To sufficiently address the growing threat of PFAS and other contaminants in Michigan and around the country, we must use every opportunity to understand, prevent and clean up these harmful chemicals,” Rep. Levin said. “By prioritizing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service research for PFAS and other chemicals, we make use of another tool to combat the contamination crisis.

“I am also proud that my amendment to help protect avian habitats from the effects of climate change was also included in yesterday’s bill. As an avid birder, I know that the bird species of the Great Lakes region are essential to healthy coasts, marshes and wetlands, and it is our responsibility to protect them.”

Rep. Levin’s amendment to prioritize PFAS, mercury and other contaminants in the Great Lakes adds those chemicals to the list of research activities that may be conducted in the Great Lakes Basin by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Rep. Levin’s other amendment ensures that projects to protect and restore bird habitats are eligible for Climate Change Adaptation grants.

The Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act is a package of bipartisan bills that protects vulnerable coastal and Great Lakes communities impacted by the climate crisis. The bill creates programs to support Tribal, State, and local community projects that protect, restore, and preserve coastal zones and working waterfronts, helps communities prepare for and respond to the climate crisis, and uses data to address coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes management.