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Senator Peters calls for immediate PFAS cleanup efforts at former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) is calling on the United States Air Force to expedite cleanup efforts at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, Michigan.

The Senator said more than $13 million dollars has been secured for PFAS cleanup but so far the project has not been initiated, and he’s not happy about the delay.

“Well, I’m very frustrated with the air force, ” said Senator Peters. “They are continuing to study the issue. They’ve been studying it for years and the folks up in Oscoda and that area have been waiting a long time. There has been study after study. Now’s the time for action.”

Senator Peters said he has not been given a reason for the delay, but he has written to Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy John Henderson asking for a response. Senator Peters is asking that PFAS cleanup efforts be prioritized in order to prevent the further migration of the hazardous chemicals into the water supply.