Gardner Applauds $1M Grant for University of Colorado to Study PFAS
Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, applauded the announcement today that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) are awarding the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus $1 million to investigate the relationship between drinking water contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and health outcomes.
“PFAS contamination is a serious issue facing communities in Colorado and we need to act quickly to address this challenge,” said Senator Gardner. “I fully support this grant because more research is needed on the public health risks of PFAS chemicals and their effects on human health.”
According to the Colorado School of Public Health, the Colorado study will explore the impacts of human exposure in both children and adults to a unique chemical mixture that residents in the towns of Security, Widefield, and Fountain, Colorado had in their drinking water. The contamination is believed to have occurred when toxic PFAS chemicals were used in firefighting and training activities at Peterson Air Force Base prior to 2016.
Senator Gardner’s actions to address PFAS:
- Introduced bipartisan legislation to direct federal agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to develop best practices, training, and educational programs to reduce, limit, and prevent exposure to PFAS.
- Included provisions in the NDAA to provide resources for PFAS pollution cleanup to ensure clean and safe drinking water.
- Gardner announced a $1.9 million EPA grant for Colorado School of Mines to address PFAS contamination.
- Introduced a PFAS Action Plan of 2019 with Senator Bennet and a bipartisan group of colleagues.
- Gardner, Shaheen introduced bipartisan legislation to address health concerns regarding PFAS exposure through firefighter turnout gear.
Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.
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