US Defense Secretary Establishes PFAS Taskforce

28 Jul 2019 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
WASHINGTON DC, United States
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The day after having been sworn in, new US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced the establishment of a task force to address drinking water contaminated by toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) at military facilities and in nearby communities.On June 24, Esper pledged to “approach the (PFAS) problem in an aggressive and holistic way", a plan welcomed by environmental activists. The purpose is to “address all the key areas” of the military’s response to the presence of harmful chemicals used in firefighting foam.PFAS are a class of manufactured chemicals that have been used since the 1950s to make commercial and industrial products that resist heat, stains, grease and water, non-stick cookware products and, notably, fire-fighting foams...

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