Bloomberg Law
Feb. 20, 2020, 3:44 PMUpdated: Feb. 20, 2020, 6:17 PM

Pentagon’s PFAS Burning Practices Are Unsafe, Lawsuit Claims (1)

Amena H. Saiyid
Amena H. Saiyid

Incinerating “forever chemicals” without consistent controls violates a newly enacted defense law, environmental groups said in a lawsuit filed Thursday.

Environmental groups, led by the nonprofit legal firm Earthjustice, allege the Department of Defense violated the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019, which spelled out guidelines for safely incinerating firefighting foam containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.

The groups allege the Defense Department entered into three contracts between November 2018 and May 2019 to incinerate more than 2 million gallons of stockpiled waste despite having concerns about the disposal process.

The Pentagon hasn’t shown the contracted incinerators ...

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