|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Fri, 22 Mar 2019 09:59:23 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] PFAS: "$2 billion cost to clean up water contamination at military bases, defense official says"|
$2 billion cost to clean up water contamination at military bases, defense official says by Ellen Knickmeyer Associated Press March 6, 2019 WASHINGTON - Cleaning up and protecting U.S. drinking water from a class of toxic chemicals used in many household items could cost in the tens of billions of dollars nationally, including $2 billion for the Department of Defense alone, witnesses testified Wednesday before a House panel urging the federal government to move more quickly on the cleanup. Rep. Harley Rouda, the California Democrat chairing the House Oversight and Reform environment subcommittee, told reporters after the hearing “it’s clear” the high costs were slowing any federal efforts to regulate and clean up the toxic chemicals, which are found in a range of goods, including nonstick pans, stain-resistant clothing, dental floss and food containers. They also are in firefighting foam used by the military to battle jet-fuel fires. The compounds, called perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, have been used for decades. Water sampling shows the contaminant - also called the “forever chemicals” because they will take thousands of years to break down - has seeped into many public water systems in the United States and globally, including around military bases and industries. … For the entire article, see https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2019/03/07/2-billion-cost-to-clean-up-water-contamination-at-military-bases-defense-official-says/ -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center P.O. Box 998, Mountain View, CA 94042 Voice/Fax: 650/961-8918 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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