“IOSCO COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) — A northern Michigan school district will be receiving a grant to make sure they have safe drinking water for the upcoming school year.
On Monday, Congressman Dan Kildee announced the Oscoda Area Schools will received the $50,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The money will help pay to change the school’s water source and connect it to an existing Au Sable Township water main after Per- and Polyfluroalkyl Substances (PFAS) were found near the school’s current water supply.
‘Ensuring my constituents, including Oscoda residents, have access to clean drinking water is one of my top priorities in Congress. I am proud to have worked with local residents, school administrators and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to quickly bring this federal grant to Oscoda,’ Congressman Kildee said. ‘We must do more to urgently address PFAS contamination, as well as provide safe drinking water to those affected.’
Officials found plumes of PFAS were recently found on Oscoda Area Schools’ River Road campus, putting the school well in danger of being contaminated if the plumes moved.
‘Because of the leadership and guidance of Congressman Kildee’s office, we feel extremely fortunate to have worked with the USDA and obtained the resources necessary for Oscoda Area Schools to ensure that our students and community will have safe water sources for years to come,’ said Scott Moore, Oscoda Area Schools Superintendent.
Reports show Congressman Kildee has repeatedly pushed the Trump Administration and all levels of government to more urgently address PFAS contamination across the country.”
Read the full article by Devon Mahieu