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DOD releases task force report on PFAS contamination

  • March 18, 2020
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo reported on a progress report released by a Defense Department task force on March 13 concerning per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The papers wrote that the report said the department identified 651 military installations in the United States that are potentially contaminated with the chemical, saying that the number has increased from 401, or by about 63%, from the previous report released in March 2018. Okinawa Times wrote that according to the report, bases in the continental U.S., Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, Guam, and Puerto Rico are included in the 651 facilities. The paper also wrote that Marine bases in California, North Carolina, and Hawaii and Air Force bases in Alaska that have close connections with U.S. bases in Okinawa are included in the listed facilities, but the details, including the level of contamination, are not included in the report. Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that the report said the task force will address issues at U.S. bases overseas.

 

Both papers reported on remarks made on Tuesday by Defense Minister Kono, quoting him as saying: “This is the first step made by the Pentagon in response to the initiative of Defense Secretary Esper. The United States has set the very high goal of developing a PFAS-free firefighting foam. I hope that Japanese companies will participate in the development of alternative products.”

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