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US Defense Secretary Establishes PFAS Taskforce

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WASHINGTON DC, United States

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.