Michigan Congresspeople introduce bills to help veterans exposed to PFAS

Apr 4, 2019

Debbie Stabenow

A task force led by Michigan lawmakers in D-C wants to ensure that veterans exposed to harmful chemicals get healthcare.

       Multiple federal lawmakers from Michigan are on a task force aimed at combating P-FAS  contamination. That’s a family of chemicals found in drinking water and groundwater across the state.

Lawmakers introduced legislation to require that veterans and their families receive full healthcare coverage for problems stemming from PFAS exposure.

Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow says this could be anything from certain types of cancers to thyroid problems.

“It’s still unclear all of the ways that there may be health challenges, but we don’t want veterans worrying about what happens.”

 

More than 100 military sites across the U-S have discovered PFAS contamination – in part because the military has used firefighting foam containing the chemicals.