Air Force allocates $13.5 million toward Oscoda PFAS remediation
U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) and Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) each issued press releases on Feb. 27, announcing that the Air Force (AF) will allocate $13.5 million toward per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) remediation efforts around the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base (WAFB) in Oscoda. Peters and Kildee say this funding comes from $60 million that Congress had recently provided the Department of Defense (DoD) to spend to address PFAS contamination at decommissioned bases around the country. “I am excited to see that the Air Force is now taking stronger financial steps to contend with the contamination stemming from [WAFB],” stated Oscoda Township Supervisor Aaron Weed. “The Air Force has obligated very little funds in the past to treat the PFAS contamination seeping from this former air base, but I am hopeful the $13.5mil they are now obligating will be used to stop the PFAS from continuing to contaminate our ground and surface waters,” he added. “I thank all the Senators and Congressmen who joined this effort urging the Air Force to take this action.” Last month, Peters – along with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI), Kildee, Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), Elissa Slotkin (MI-08), Andy Levin (MI-09), Haley Stevens (MI-11) and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) – wrote to AF Secretary Barbara Barrett requesting that the AF prioritize WAFB and key former military installations in Michigan.