Defense bill boosts climate resilience, ends PFAS foam use (2)

By Dean Scott & Tiffany Stecker | Bloomberg Environment | December 10, 2019

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"The National Defense Authorization Act’s conference report, the result of months of negotiations between Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate, would prohibit the use of firefighting foam containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) after October 1, 2024, with an exemption for uses on military ships.

House Democrats and Senate Republicans were unable to agree on two substantial provisions—to set a drinking water standard for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), and to list any number of thousands of PFAS under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, or Superfund law—in order to move the defense bill to the finish line..."