first_img13Dec Rep. Allor: House votes to provide funding for Alpena, Oscoda water contamination State Rep. Sue Allor addresses her colleagues on the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives, urging them to support a funding proposal to address the emerging threat posed by a type of chemical contaminant recently discovered in groundwater in Alpena and Oscoda.State Rep. Sue Allor today praised her colleagues in the Michigan House of Representatives for approving funding to address the emerging threat posed by a type of chemical contaminant recently discovered in groundwater in Alpena and Oscoda.Allor, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, said the $23.2 million allocation will provide testing, monitoring and technical assistance at more than a dozen sites across Michigan where per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been found in groundwater, including the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda and the Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena.“I’m glad my colleagues in the Legislature recognize just how critical this issue is for the health, safety and welfare of all Michigan residents,” said Allor, of Wolverine. “This funding will help ensure that the state can respond quickly to reports of PFAS contamination, provide the testing needed to confirm contamination, and run mitigation efforts.”The funding will also pay for improvements to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s water testing laboratory, which is not currently equipped to test for PFAS.“Water samples now have to be shipped out of state for testing, which leaves Michigan families waiting as long as eight weeks to find out if their water is contaminated. We need to do better,” Allor said. “These improvements will allow samples to be processed right here in Michigan in a much more timely manner.”Allor, who was active in moving the supplemental budget bill to passage, said the legislation requires any private or public entity responsible for PFAS contamination, including the federal Department of Defense, to reimburse the state.The bill now goes to the governor for consideration.### Categories: Allor Newslast_img