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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.

EWG has confirmed the presence of PFAS at 328 military facilities, although hundreds of additional facilities may be contaminated…”