Statement from state Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) on the third request to Oversight Committee Chairman to hold hearing on PFAS contamination

Monday, July 16, 2018

LANSING — State Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) sent a third official request to the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, asking that he hold an official hearing on the PFAS contamination that has been found in 15 Michigan communities thus far. In addition, Rep. Brinks issued the following statement:

“We cannot continue to ignore the serious threat PFAS presents to our water and to Michigan families. I have called on Rep. Graves to hold a hearing for the third time since December, and I will continue to do so until we have one. We cannot stand idly by while this happens to our constituents and I would hope that my colleagues in the majority would feel just as strongly. 

“I am not alone in my continued request for a hearing; Michiganders across the state are organizing because they are angry and worried about what they’ve been consuming. It is critical that the legislature has the opportunity to review Mr. Delaney’s report and have a record of what officials have known, and for how long, about the severity of these contaminants to the people of this state and our ecosystems. We, as public servants, have a duty to protect our citizens and our water from these harmful chemicals and clearly, the state has already wasted too much time.”