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Pentagon Admits it Undercounted Military Bases Contaminated with ‘Forever Chemicals’

The number of military installations and adjacent communities likely contaminated with toxic fluorinated chemicals, or PFAS, is higher than previously disclosed, a top Defense Department official admitted – but the Pentagon can’t say how badly it undercounted contaminated sites. “We think there are probably more installations, and I’m not ready to tell you what that number is, but we found that we undercounted,” Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment Robert McMahon said Wednesday, according to the Military Times. He said the department will name the sites when it has verified the number and locations. The Pentagon previously identified 401 locations on both active and former military facilities where PFAS compounds were known or suspected to contaminate groundwater or surface water. To date, EWG has confirmed the presence of PFAS at nearly 300 military installations but expects that number to grow as the Defense Department responds to EWG’s Freedom of Information Act requests.  Read more....

 

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