US Defense Secretary Establishes PFAS Taskforce

28 Jul 2019 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
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.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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