Environment & Energy Report

Air Force Shifts $66.6 Million to Fluorochemical Cleanup (1)

June 13, 2019, 6:52 PMUpdated: June 13, 2019, 8:18 PM

The Air Force is taking $66.6 million from environmental cleanup and monitoring projects to focus on a ubiquitous class of chemicals found in water and firefighting foam, according to information requested by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.).

Carper released the list of defunded projects from the undersecretary of the Department of Defense on June 13. Carper, ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is concerned that Congress hasn’t given the department enough funding to address poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.

Substances in the PFAS family, which includes thousands of compounds, have been used to manufacture...

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