Defense Bill Boosts Climate Resilience, Ends PFAS Foam Use

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A sweeping defense bill would mandate phasing out by 2024 firefighting foam that contains chemicals linked to cancer and other health problems, and improve planning to protect military bases from natural disasters.

Lawmakers released the latest bill to authorize over $720 billion for the Defense Department’s operations late Dec. 9. House lawmakers could vote on the measure as soon as Dec. 11, while the Senate’s timing is still unclear…

“The provisions for nationwide water testing and phasing out PFAS in military firefighting foam are a major milestone in the fight against PFAS,” Tom Bruton, a senior scientist at the Green Science Policy Institute, said in a statement. “Just a few years ago achieving these critical protections, especially the foam phaseout, seemed impossible.”

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Read the complete article here: Bloomberg Environment