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A measure that would fund reimbursements to state and municipal water authorities for cleanup of polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water passed the Senate as part of the Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act. The amendment, sponsored by Colorado Sens. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, and Cory Gardner, a Republican, provides the Pentagon funding to reimburse agencies strapped by cleanup and mitigation costs due to military bases' use of firefighter foam, which seeped into groundwater supplies.
Water users in the Fountain Valley have spent millions buying water from other sources and finding ways to clean up the water.
The two lawmakers filed a similar amendment to the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019.