2020 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2020 18:30:24 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] PFAS: Reforms included in House-passed Defense Authorization Act for FY 2021
PFAS Reform Provisions Included in Defense Spending Bill

News Release
Environmental Working Group
JULY 21, 2020

WASHINGTON – More than a dozen reforms to reduce and remediate pollution from the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS were included in the annual Department of Defense spending bill that passed the House today.

PFAS pollution has been detected at more than 300 military installations, but the Defense Department has been slow to clean up legacy pollution or reduce ongoing PFAS exposures.

In the bill passed today, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2021 would:

	• Require the Pentagon to phase out the nonessential use of PFAS in everyday products like cookware, sunscreens, personal care products, floor and furniture wax, carpeting and upholstery, and food packaging.
	• Require the Pentagon to meet state PFAS cleanup standards when those standards exceed federal standards.
	• Place a moratorium on the incineration of PFAS by the Defense Department until safe disposal regulations are finalized by the Pentagon and the Environmental Protection Agency.
	• Require the Pentagon to notify farmers when PFAS that originates on a military installation contaminates nearby groundwater.
	• Require the Pentagon to publish the results of drinking and groundwater testing for PFAS conducted on military installations or former defense sites.
	• Expand blood testing to any active duty service members who want to have their blood tested for PFAS.
	• Provide $150 million for research on the development of PFAS remediation and disposal technologies as well as PFAS-based firefighting foam replacements.
	• Provide nearly $200 million in additional funding for PFAS remediation at active and former military installations, including National Guard facilities.
	• Require federal experts to conduct a study on the use of PFAS chemicals in firefighting equipment and the risk posed to firefighters, and expand a study of PFAS contamination in eight communities.
	• Clarify that manufacturers using PFAS must disclose all discharges of the chemicals of more than 100 pounds.


For the entire release, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director
Center for Public Environmental Oversight
A project of the Pacific Studies Center
P.O. Box 998, Mountain View, CA 94042
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