WASHINGTON (WOOD) — U.S. senators frustrated that the federal government can't legally go after PFAS polluters didn't get the answers they wanted Wednesday from the Environmental Protection Agency.
The EPA's director of groundwater and drinking water, Peter Grevatt, told members of a Senate subcommittee that it could "take some years" to set an enforceable level in drinking water for the likely carcinogen. The EPA currently has only an advisory level of 70 parts per trillion, a level that some say is too high.
"In Michigan, we have seen firsthand the devastation a community experiences when it can't trust the water coming out of the tap," U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, said in the hearing before the Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management.
The PFAS hearing was the second in less than a month in Washington. A U.S. House hearing also led to calls for stronger EPA enforcement.
State tests have found nearly 1.6 million people in Michigan are drinking public water with at least some PFAS in it.