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Flint Rep.'s Staff Barred From Parts of EPA Water Summit

Flint Rep.'s Staff Barred From Parts of EPA Water Summit
Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 23 May 2018 07:40 PM

The Michigan lawmaker who represents Flint — site of the 2014 lead water crisis — says his staff was barred from the second day of an Environmental Protection Agency summit on dangerous chemicals contaminating water supplies.

In a tweet, Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., called the exclusion "deeply troubling."

According to the Washington Examiner, the EPA closed the session to media and the public, saying the event was at capacity and is not subject to federal rules on public access.

Kildee's staff was invited to Tuesday's session, the EPA said.

According to the Examiner, the summit was focused on the challenge of removing toxic chemicals known as per- and poly-fluorinated substances, or PFAS, from water supplies. The chemicals have been linked with thyroid defects, problems in pregnancy, and certain cancers.

The meeting comes after emails produced by a Freedom of Information request showed the EPA helped delay the release of a study that found PFAS in water are harmful to human health at lower levels than the agency previously deemed safe, the Examiner reported.

According to the Examiner, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study said the EPA's benchmark for PFAS, at 70 parts per trillion, is six times higher than what it should be. It also said exposure to PFAS in drinking levels at just 12 parts per trillion can be dangerous.

An analysis published Tuesday by the Environmental Working Group found up to 110 million U.S. residents might be exposed to drinking water contaminated with PFAS, the Examiner reported.

Kildee's home state is planning to spend $1.7 million to test water supplies across the state, including in 1,380 public water systems and 461 schools.

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Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., said his staff was barred from the second day of an Environmental Protection Agency summit on dangerous chemicals contaminating water supplies in his district.
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