The group started getting traction on their quest for a study after Michigan Department of Environmental Quality investigatorsdiscovered high levels of PFCs in decades-old water left inside forgotten fire hydrants at Wurtsmith, which closed in 1993.Canada Goose quimper Mike Bussey of Pennsylvania, a leader in the Veterans Alliance who was stationed at Wurtsmith from 1989 to 1992 and suffers from multiple aliments, said the group has been mailing and calling Congress members in every state.Bussey says he and others have trouble getting U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to treat them for chemical contamination. He says there are drugs that could help treat his liver disease and neuropathy, but VA doctors wont prescribe because they are expensive. He’s not able to afford health care outside the VA system.
He’s taking a wait-and-see approach on the health study.”I hope (the military) will follow the letter of the law and do what they are required to do, but until someone contacts me and says, ‘we need sample of your blood to test for PFCs — which never leave your blood — or calls someone in my group or one of the other groups we work closely with, Canada Goose quimper I will remain skeptical,” Bussey said.In addition to the health study, the House NDAA bill would also require the Pentagon to report on progress toward developing a firefighting foam that does not contain PFOS or PFOA, which give AFFF its fire-retardant capabilities.It would also authorize the Pentagon to sign agreements with health departments to provide health screenings in communities near old bases with PFC groundwater problems, like Oscoda.
Canada Goose quimper Kildee, an early voice on the PFC problem in Congress, is among a bipartisan group of lawmakers who have been pushing the military to do more for communities hurt by PFC exposure from AFFF use at base fire training areas, inside airplane hangars or during jet crash fires. When left on the ground, the chemicals in the foam leach into the soil and contaminate ground and surface waters.Because PFCs are unregulated contaminants, the EPA can only set unenforceable exposure guidelines. There are no U.S. drinking water standards for PFCs. Michigan has state surface water thresholds of 11 ppt for PFOS and 42 ppt for PFOA, established to guide fish consumption advisories.