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“WASHINGTON – EWG today applauded Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) for introducing legislation to set cleanup deadlines and provide resources for Defense Department facilities contaminated with the toxic ‘forever chemicals‘ known as PFAS.
The Filthy 50 Act, introduced by Gillibrand, a member of the Armed Services Committee, would direct the Defense Department to clean up 50 installations within five years, including 12 sites where PFAS detections exceed 1 million parts per trillion, or ppt, in groundwater. All other military installations would have to be cleaned up within a decade. Defense Department installations.
PFAS are a large family of fluorinated chemicals, some of which have been linked to cancer, reproductive harm, immune system damage and other serious health problems.