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USG unveils fresh regulations for PFAS

  • October 22, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times
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Okinawa Times reported from Washington on the Biden administration’s release on Monday of a new set of regulations for toxic chemicals, including the designation of PFAS, encompassing PFOS and PFOA, as a harmful agent under a federal law. The daily projected that even though the initiative is intended to address contamination problems in the United States, it is bound to have an impact on future probes and the disposal of foam extinguisher containing PFAS used at military bases abroad, including in Okinawa. According to the article, the designation under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act will hold producers of the materials accountable for decontamination. The paper added that the Pentagon plans to draw up a report on the status of PFAS contamination at some 700 military installations and facilities in the United States by the end of 2023.

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