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“Military May be Bound by State Laws on ‘Forever Chemicals’”

“The Pentagon may be forced to follow new state environmental pollution standards for a family of manmade “forever chemicals” that may have been spilled at hundreds of military sites in the U.S., Defense Secretary Mark Esper told lawmakers.

Esper was pressed Wednesday at a House Armed Services Committee hearing over the military’s use of widely used firefighting foam containing chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, that never degrade.

He said the Pentagon will report to Congress in about two weeks on pollution that may have occurred at hundreds of U.S. military sites.”

Travis J. Tritten reports for Bloomberg Environment February 26, 2020.