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Modest PFAS, Climate Provisions Survive Defense Bill Talks (1)

Dec. 3, 2020, 11:13 PM; Updated: Dec. 3, 2020, 11:47 PM

The Defense Department would need a multi-pronged approach to address toxic PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam, under a deal unveiled Thursday by House and Senate negotiators working to produce a fiscal 2021 defense authorization bill.

Such approaches would include notifying defense-related panels, such as the House and Senate Armed Services committees, of any uncontrolled releases of firefighting agents containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and notifying agricultural operations of suspected water supply contamination, according to a conference report summary.

The agreement also authorizes a total of $1.4 billion for environmental remediation, including PFAS cleanups, at former and current military ...

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