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House Passes $60 Million to Clean Up PFAS Chemicals at Former Military Bases Like Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda

June 25, 2019
Press Release

Kildee Secured $46 Million Increase in this Year’s House Funding Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a bill that included $60 million to clean up per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) around prior military installations, like the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda. Congressman Kildee, Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, worked to boost this investment from $14 million last year to $60 million this year.

In April, Congressman Kildee testified before the Appropriations Committee on the need to increase funding for PFAS clean-up around former military bases. Congressman Kildee also led 28 Members of Congress, Republicans and Democrats, in writing a letter to the Appropriations Committee on the need for robust funding.

“Oscoda residents and families across the country have been impacted by dangerous PFAS chemicals and we need to do more to urgently clean up these toxins,” Congressman Kildee said. “I am happy to see the U.S. House of Representatives act to provide more robust funding to clean up PFAS. As the co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force, I will continue to work in Congress to secure much-needed funds to protect public health.”

The $60 million investment was a part of H.R. 3055, the Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act of 2020.

Congressman Kildee is the founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force, which works to more urgently address the public health threat of PFAS to better protect communities from the harmful effects of these dangerous chemicals. Kildee has introduced legislation to speed up clean-up efforts and expand health care to veterans affected by the toxic chemicals.