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Environment & Climate Change

Environmental groups call for movement on PFAS bills, lawmakers say they need more time

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Melissa Benmark
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Michigan Radio

Environmental groups are hoping legislation to address emerging contaminants in Michigan will move during the lame duck session. But lawmakers say there isn’t enough time to pass the bills – and any action will likely wait until next session.

PFAS chemicals are a family of contaminants that are polluting water across the state.

The Michigan League of Conservation Voters says it wants the Legislature to address the issue.

Katie Parrish is with the League. She says some bills have been waiting for a year.

“There’s really no time to waste. We have to protect our water from toxic pollution. For our health, for our economy, for our Michigan way of life,” she says.

The League wants a House committee to pass bills that would provide for a comprehensive PFAS cleanup plan, tighten up the state’s standards for how much PFAS is allowed in drinking water, and more.

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