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DOD’s ‘Forever Chemicals’ Reached More Than 2,100 Farms (1)

Oct. 12, 2021, 6:22 PMUpdated: Oct. 12, 2021, 8:25 PM

The Defense Department has notified 2,143 farms near its facilities that “forever chemicals” reached their water supplies, according to a report that offers a glimpse into the extent that PFAS can pervade the nation’s food supply.

The department’s report comes as the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to soon issue its multiyear plans to research and regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.

“The Defense Department is a bad neighbor,” which has yet to notify many more farmers about contamination to their water supply, said Jared Hayes, a policy analyst at the Environmental Working Group, which has worked on PFAS ...