Another Michigan town faces a deadly water crisis. Oscoda citizens say they’re being poisoned.
“The contamination from the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base involves PFAS, it’s being discovered in now 400 military bases throughout the U.S.,”Need Our Water co-founder Cathy Wusterbarth stated.
The chemical PFAS is used in firefighting foam on military bases. Wusterbarth says the residents are having to drink the water because they don’t have municipal water supplies to all the affected homes.
“We know that there are health problems that come from PFAS,” Michigan representative Dan Kildee stated. “I’ve talked to residents, and I’ve talked to veterans who served at the Wurtsmith Air Force Base, which is right there in Oscoda where this contamination came from. So the effect on them is real, and it’s long-lasting, and it’s really bad.”
Kildee says that it is ultimately the response of the Defense Department for the contamination, and that there is an immense lack of response to the problem.
“I don’t blame the people in the Defense Department. I don’t blame the people that work on that base,” he said. “But a very few people at the very top have decided that when it comes the health and safety of people who hosted that base for a long time comes second to their interests, it’s kind of pathetic actually.”