Levin Reacts to Troubling Report on Proximity of PFAS Discharge Sites to Michigan Child Care Centers and Schools

September 11, 2020
Press Release

WARREN, MI – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Vice Chair of the House Education & Labor Committee and member of the PFAS Taskforce, today released the following statement in reaction to a report from the nonprofit, non-partisan Environmental Working Group on the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS discharging within one mile of child care centers and schools, including in Michigan:

“Children have a right to go to schools and child care facilities that are safe and free from toxins, whether it’s lead in the pipes or PFAS chemicals in the drinking water. Current studies show that PFAS exposure may affect growth, learning and behavior of infants and older children and have been linked to cancer and damage to both reproductive and immune systems in adults. Exposure to PFAS can even reduce the effectiveness of vaccines.

“The findings in this report are not only alarming, but angering. We’ve known about the dangers and pervasiveness of PFAS chemicals in communities and military bases across the country for years, and Americans have been begging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take stronger actions against PFAS.

“This administration has slow walked even the most basic actions we need, like listing PFAS as regulated contaminants under the Safe Drinking Water Act and developing national drinking water standards for PFAS.

“This report makes clear that we need urgent action now on PFAS, for our communities and especially our children. Earlier this year, a bipartisan majority of the House approved the PFAS Action Act, which would direct the EPA to take the bold and swift action we need to study, identify and remediate these hazardous chemicals.”