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  • The Air Force polluted 4 SC bases with a toxic firefighting foam, didn’t tell neighbors

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    13 Jul 2019 | The Post and Courier

    Four Air Force bases in South Carolina are severely contaminated with chemicals that scientists continue to investigate for possible links to thyroid disease, pregnancy complications, and kidney and testicular cancers.

  • A new drinking water crisis hits US military bases across the nation

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    13 Jul 2019 | CNBC

    The Department of Defense has spent more than $550 million on PFAS investigations and responses including providing bottled water and in-home water filtration systems. But DOD has not come up with a plan to actually clean up the PFAS contamination across the country, something the Pentagon roughly estimated could cost $2 billion. CNBC went to some of the communities near military bases to see how PFAS contamination is playing out today. Watch the video to hear from impacted citizens, veterans and military officials.

  • House measure would declare PFAS chemicals hazardous under Superfund law

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    12 Jul 2019 | The Detroit News

    The U.S. House approved in a 220-197 vote a defense authorization bill that would designate all toxic fluorinated chemicals as hazardous substances under the Superfund program within a year and phase out military fire-fighting foam containing PFAS by 2025, rather than 2029 as called for in the underlying National Defense Authorization Act.

  • Trump promises to veto a bill banning the military from using toxic products with PFAS

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    11 Jul 2019 | Pacific Standard

    US President Donald Trump threatened to veto a defense spending bill with an amendment that restricts the use of a toxic chemical compound found in firefighting foams. Several provisions in the bill, introduced in the House of Representatives, would require the United States Department of Defense to switch to safer foams without PFAS... The bill would also require the military to pay to clean up sites where its activities have contaminated the water, including farms and watersheds, and classify the areas as Superfund sites.

  • Grayling homeowners cope with water contamination

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    10 Jul 2019 | Record Eagle

    A toxic plume of PFAS chemicals currently seeps through the groundwater and into local surface waters, the result of decades of using and training with firefighting foam at Camp Grayling, the primary training facility for the Michigan National Guard and the largest U.S. National Guard training installation.

  • A vote this week may help launch changes to federal PFAS oversight

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    10 Jul 2019 | MLive

    Congress is looking at a wave of proposed PFAS legislation, including several amendments added to the military spending bill for 2020. If the U.S. House of Representatives votes as expected this week on its version of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2020, environmental proponents say, they’re likely to include measures that would strengthen PFAS requirements for the federal government and military...

  • House gearing up for PFAS in defense bill

    Policy

    9 Jul 2019

    The U.S. House of Representatives takes up work this week on what could become its own version of major PFAS legislation attached to the National Defense Authorization Act.

  • Electrodialytic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) removal mechanism for contaminated soil

    Science

    8 Jul 2019 | Chemosphere

    Swedish airport saw significant remediation of soil contaminated with firefighting foams containing PFAS.

  • Column chromatography approach to determine mobility of fluorotelomer sulfonates and polyfluoroalkyl betaines

    Science

    8 Jul 2019 | Sci. of the Total Enviro.

    The movement of PFAS containing firefighting foams was investigated in groundwater.

  • Senate vote requires military, EPA to deal with harmful 'forever chemicals'

    News

    27 Jun 2019 | The Hill

    The Senate passed the 2020 Defense Spending Bill including a bipartisan amendment that would commission the U.S. Geological Survey to track PFAS contamination nationwide and require public utilities to test drinking water for PFAS. The House is expected to vote on this legislation in July.

  • Senate vote requires military, EPA to deal with harmful 'forever chemicals'

    Policy

    27 Jun 2019

    The Senate passed the 2020 Defense Spending Bill including a bipartisan amendment that would commission the U.S. Geological Survey to track PFAS contamination nationwide and require public utilities to test drinking water for PFAS. The House is expected to vote on this legislation in July.

  • Canada: Airports move to fluorine-free foam

    Policy

    21 Jun 2019

    Canadian Aviation Regulations have recently changed to allow airports to use environmentally friendly fluorine-free firefighting foam rather than PFAS.

  • PFAS Nation: Toxic discharges suspected from almost 500 industrial facilities across U.S.

    News

    11 Jun 2019

    At least 475 industrial facilities across the nation could be discharging the toxic fluorinated compounds known as PFAS into the air and water, according to an EWG analysis of government data... [This] count of industrial sites does not include 446 public water systems known to be contaminated with PFAS, more than 100 military installations with known or suspected water contamination identified by the Pentagon, or hundreds of Defense Department fire training stations with known or suspected use of PFAS-based firefighting foam, identified by the Intercept...

  • A trail of toxicity: the US military bases making people sick

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    23 May 2019 | The Guardian

    The Department of Defense started using PFAS-laden firefighting foam in the 70s. A groundwater well at Peterson air force base had 88,000 ppt. At other bases around the country, PFAS levels in the millions have been detected.

  • Companies refuse to pay clean-up costs mandated by New Jersey directive

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    16 May 2019 | Chemical Watch

    Four major chemical companies operating in New Jersey have said they will not pay for a statewide investigation and clean up of PFASs contamination. Their refusal comes despite being ordered to do so via a directive from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection…