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Defense Bill Heading to House Floor Includes Provision Banning Toxic Firefighting Foam on Military Bases

The House of Representatives will soon consider a must-pass piece of legislation that includes a provision to prohibit the use on military installations of firefighting foam containing the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS.  The House Armed Services Committee, led by Chair Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), included a number of provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 aimed at dealing with the ongoing PFAS contamination crisis, including a provision that will bar the Pentagon from using firefighting foam made with PFAS chemicals on military installations by Sept. 30, 2029.  Read more...



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