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Congress takes action on PFAS


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In its version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which funds the military through 2020, the U.S. Senate approved amendments that limit military use of the toxic group of man-made chemicals known as PFAS.

The Senate’s bill, passed June 27, requires the Department of Defense to phase out firefighting foam containing PFAS by 2023.

It also adds PFAS to the list of contaminants tracked by the U.S. Geological Survey, and requires public utilities to test tap water for the chemicals.

House lawmakers have proposed similar amendments to their version of the Defense Authorization Act, which will eventually need to be reconciled with the Senate’s. The House amendments were expected to be voted on the first week of July.

While state lawmakers passed a bill this session that bans the use of PFAS-based firefighting foam, the ban does not currently apply to military activities. 

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