Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are manmade chemicals found in many industrial and consumer products because they increase resistance to heat, stains, water and grease. Uses include keeping food from sticking to cookware, making sofas and carpets resistant to stains, and making clothes and mattresses more waterproof. PFAS are also found in some food packaging and firefighting materials.
The Defense Department hosted an online forum that allowed for an open and transparent dialogue between the department and stakeholders affected by the presence of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.
Defense officials recently provided testimony at a virtual House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense hearing on the defense environmental restoration program, also known as DERP.
Officials from the Defense Department and other agencies testified yesterday about efforts to mitigate and clean up PFAS, a group of chemicals that can be harmful to human health.
The Defense Department faces an environmental cleanup liability of around $33 billion, which is the second largest liability behind personnel benefits, the assistant secretary of defense for sustainment said.
Defense Department officials provided testimony on cleanup and research efforts for PFAS, a foam that is effective in extinguishing aircraft fuel fires.
A Defense Department task force released a progress report that covers various DOD activities related to PFAS, including the department's actions to address PFAS in drinking water.
Over the past four years, the Defense Department has committed substantial resources and has taken actions to respond to concerns with PFAS, a DOD official said.
A senior Defense Department official gave an update on the progress of DOD's PFAS Task Force, which was set up over the summer to address compounds that may have affected the drinking water on military installations and surrounding communities.
The Defense Department is working to develop new aqueous film-forming foams that don't contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are not hazardous to health and are just as effective in extinguishing fuel fires, a DOD official said.
The Naval Research Laboratory is trying to find a replacement for aqueous film-forming foams that is just as effective at putting out fuel fires but does not contain any per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.
Environmental scientists gathered in Washington recently at a workshop held by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to discuss cleanup issues related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.
Navy researchers are part of a group of Defense Department scientists looking to develop or find a commercial replacement for firefighting foams containing fluorine.
A senior Defense Department official met with Pentagon reporters to update them on the progress of PFAS Task Force.
The Defense Department is conducting research on aqueous film-forming foam because of concerns about adverse health effects.
The Defense Department kicked off its first PFAS Task Force meeting to address chemicals that have affected military installations and surrounding communities.
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