Bloomberg Law
Feb. 19, 2019, 5:58 PM

EPA Chemicals Rules May Prompt Firefight With Pentagon

David Schultz
David Schultz

The EPA’s latest chemical cleanup plan may spark a war with an adversary that knows a thing or two about combat: the Department of Defense.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Feb. 14 that it will pursue tighter, federally enforceable regulations on a pair of toxic firefighting foam chemicals that have caused environmental problems on numerous military bases across the country.

The Pentagon could see billions in cleanup bills over the next several decades depending on how stringently the EPA chooses to regulate the two chemicals: PFOA and PFOS.

The chemicals are part of a broader family of chemicals known as ...

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