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Banning PFAS Foam Would Cost Pentagon $3 Billion, CBO Says (1)

Aug. 23, 2019, 5:53 PMUpdated: Aug. 23, 2019, 9:29 PM

The Pentagon would be on the hook for nearly $3 billion to end its use of firefighting foams containing PFAS chemicals, an analysis of the Senate’s fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization bill found.

The Congressional Budget Office said that forcing the Defense Department to use a different type of foam would mean retrofitting all of its fire trucks and other fire prevention equipment. This by itself would cost the Pentagon more than $2 billion over the next five years, the nonpartisan budgetary agency found in an Aug. 23 estimate.

The CBO estimated the costs of S. 1790, ...