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  • 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.

  • Farmers losing everything after ‘forever chemicals’ turned up in their food

    News

    2 Jul 2019 | BuzzFeed News

    ’Forever chemicals’ linked to cancer are turning up in farm produce across the country, leading farms to lay off workers, incinerate cranberry harvests, kill cows, and dump thousands of gallons of dairy milk. Such long-lived "fluorinated" compounds have been measured in the drinking water in over 600 locations in 43 states, near factories or military bases that use them in firefighting foams…

  • 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.

  • On Japan’s Okinawa, U.S. military is accused of contaminating environment with hazardous chemical

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    17 Jun 2019 | Washington Post

    The U.S. military on the Japanese island of Okinawa is facing accusations of environmental contamination after high levels of a carcinogenic chemical were found in the rivers around a U.S. air base and in the blood of local residents, according to a new study.

  • 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...

  • The toxic water crisis that 2020 Democrats are still figuring out how to talk about

    News

    4 Jun 2019 | Huffington Post

    “As people discover contamination of their drinking water, they become very concerned and would support those who want to solve the problems,” said Arlene Blum, executive director of the California-based Green Science Policy Institute. “The question is, will people vote because of PFAS?”...

  • 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.

  • Investigation: Dangerous and persistent chemicals discovered at a middle Tennessee military base

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    15 May 2019 | Nashville Public Radio

    A family of man-made chemicals known as per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, is starting to gain national attention after studies have linked it to health issues, possibly including cancer. It’s prevalent at military installations around the country — including at Arnold Air Force Base in Middle Tennessee, where it’s found…

  • NYT: Pentagon pushes for weaker standards on chemicals contaminating drinking water

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    15 May 2019 | The New York Times

    Facing billions of dollars in cleanup costs, the Pentagon is pushing the Trump administration to adopt a weaker standard for groundwater pollution caused by chemicals that have commonly been used at military bases and that contaminate drinking water consumed by millions of Americans.…

  • Michigan AG plans to sue 3M over PFAS crisis

    News

    9 May 2019 | woodtv

    Michigan Attorney General announced Thursday she will pursue litigation against Minnesota-based 3M, the maker of PFAS that has contaminated wells and waterways across the state… 3M produced PFAS for decades for products like Scotchgard and firefighting foam…

  • Why researchers and regulators have more questions than answers about PFAS (podcast)

    News

    8 May 2019 | The Whyy

    Communities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey have grown increasingly worried about a class of toxic chemicals known as PFAS. These ‘forever chemicals’ are in lots of consumer products from pizza boxes to dental floss. And they’ve been found to have contaminated soil and drinking water. But as fears about the potential…

  • U.S. Congress: H.R. 2570, the "PFAS User Fee Act of 2019"

    Policy

    8 May 2019

    Rep. Rouda, Harley (D-CA) introduced a bill that would ensure that polluters pay ongoing water treatment costs associated with exposure from PFAS pollution.

  • States, experts say EPA role on PFAS chemicals crucial

    News

    6 May 2019 | Echo Pilot

    Even as states across the country work to address toxic per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS) by creating their own drinking water protections, legal experts and regulators say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plays a crucial role. The dynamic is particularly important where the military is…

  • E.P.A. proposes weaker standards on chemicals contaminating drinking water

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    29 Apr 2019 | The New York Times

    After pressure from the Defense Department, the Environmental Protection Agency significantly weakened a proposed standard for cleaning up groundwater pollution caused by toxic chemicals that contaminate drinking water consumed by millions of Americans and that have been commonly used at military bases. Standards released by…