LANSING, Mich. – Today, Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) issued the following statement in response to the discovery of a suppressed 2012 Michigan Department of Environmental Quality report showing alarmingly high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in Michigan’s water.

“By now we should come to expect this administration to be more concerned about cover-ups and saving face than protecting the people they are charged with serving, but it’s still shocking and distressing to hear that a report that could have had an impact on the health of millions of Michiganders was locked away six years ago.

“The Legislature will get to the bottom of this. But right now the MDEQ needs to answer to every person who has become mysteriously sick from their water and every parent who fears what’s going to happen to their children from drinking contaminated water every day of their lives. As we learned in Flint, change will not happen by just assuming they’ll do the right thing – we must keep the pressure up.”

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