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Chemicals found in firefighting foam linked to cancer, thyroid disease, and other health problems

House lawmakers will soon decide on a piece of legislation that will force military bases to stop using firefighting foam that contains the toxic chemical PFAS. The measure, which is included in the House Armed Services Committee’s first draft of the defense authorization bill, also contains a provision for environmental clean-up funding and ways to address chemical contamination that can potentially seep into groundwater and lead to serious health concerns.  If the measure is passed, the Pentagon will prohibit the use of PFAS-laden firefighting foam on military installations by September 30, 2029. It will also require the military to explore options for a fluorine-free firefighting foam, which it will publish in January 2025.  Read more....

 

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