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DOD acknowledges delay in development of alternative to toxic firefighting foam

  • September 24, 2020
  • , Okinawa Times
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Okinawa Times reported from Washington on testimony given to the House Armed Services Committee on Sept. 15 by a senior Pentagon official regarding the ongoing development of a new type of firefighting product as a substitute for foam containing toxic PFOS. Environmental Research and Development Program Director Herb Nelson reportedly acknowledged that the development has been delayed by about six months due to the coronavirus outbreak. While noting that Congress has already mandated the DOD to phase out firefighting foam containing PFOS by October 2024 to prevent environmental pollution, the daily said lawmakers are growing skeptical about whether the DOD will be able to develop an alternative product by then.

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