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Congressman Dan Kildee Announces $1 Million Federal Grant to Oscoda for Clean Drinking Water

October 22, 2018
Press Release

Federal Funding Passed in Congress Will Now Be Granted to Oscoda Township

OSCODA—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today announced that Oscoda Township will receive $1 million in two grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ensure Oscoda residents have clean drinking water. These grants will be used to connect homes that are using well water threatened by contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the municipal drinking water system to protect residents from PFAS exposure.

“I am proud to announce these federal grants to clean up PFAS contamination around former Wurtsmith Air Force Base and ensure clean drinking water for Oscoda residents,” Congressman Kildee said. “Families in Oscoda have waited too long for resources from the Air Force to protect their families from harmful chemicals. While I fought in Congress to get these funds for Oscoda to ensure drinking water for residents, the Air Force must do more to clean up the contamination that they caused.”

Oscoda Township will receive $750,000 in Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants and $250,000 in Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants. To secure this funding, Congressman Kildee worked with the USDA to advocate on behalf of Oscoda Township. Congressman Kildee also introduced an amendment that was passed in Congress to double the size of USDA Rural Development’s Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants for communities with drinking water contamination.

Congressman Kildee has repeatedly pushed the Trump Administration, the Air Force and all levels of government to more urgently address PFAS contamination across the country. In Congress, he has introduced legislation to ensure that veterans and their families exposed to toxic chemicals at military installations get the health care services and benefits they need through the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA). In addition, to protect from future contamination, Congressman Kildee and Congressman Upton lead a bipartisan letter calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen protections for PFAS in drinking water.

Additionally, Congressman Kildee, along with Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, worked to include language authorizing a health study on PFAS exposure in the National Defense Authorization Act, which became law in December 2017. Studies like this are the first step in ensuring service members and veterans exposed to PFAS get the healthcare and benefits they deserve. In March 2018, the three lawmakers successfully included funding to address ongoing drinking water contamination issues in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget bill.