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House passes bill regulating PFAS use, cleanup on military bases, in drinking water

House passes bill regulating PFAS use, cleanup on military bases, in drinking water

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Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A bill requiring the Pentagon to work with communities to clean up chemical contamination in drinking water passed in the House, but faces an uncertain future. The PFAS Action Act of 2019, which the House of Representatives passed on Friday, requires the reclassification of two types of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, as hazardous materials. If the law is enacted, perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, and perfluoroactanesulfonic acid, or PFOS, would be reclassified as toxic substances. Contaminated areas would be classified as Superfund sites, accelerating their cleanup process. PFOA and PFOS are the key ingredients of foams used by the U.S. military for firefighting, although the Defense Department has limited their use in training, and can be found in drinking...
U.S. military bases to face an increase in extreme heat

U.S. military bases to face an increase in extreme heat

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Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Over the next three decades, members of the United States military stationed on bases in the contiguous U.S. could experience an extra month of extreme heat each year, as climate change continues unabated. Researchers with the Union of Concerned Scientists used climate models to simulate temperatures on U.S. military bases under a range of warming scenarios. They published their findings in a new report. "Our results show that with no action to reduce global heat-trapping emissions, on average, by mid-century U.S. installations would experience nearly five times as many days with a heat index above 100°F as they have historically," Kristy Dahl, a senior climate scientist and the lead author of the study, wrote in a blog update. "These results imply that living, working,
House subcommittee calls for action on environmental, cyber threats to military bases

House subcommittee calls for action on environmental, cyber threats to military bases

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Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The Pentagon is unaware of the scope of environmental and cyber threats to its military bases, members of the House Armed Services Committee charged. Rep. James Langevin, D-R.I., chair of the intelligence, emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee, at a hearing this week cited four U.S. military bases which collectively sustained over $ 10 billion in damage from weather events. He referred to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., and Tyndall AFB, Fla., overwhelmed by hurricanes last year; the flooding of Offutt AFB, Neb., by overflowing rivers; and earthquakes in July 2019 which damaged China Lake Naval Weapons Station, Calif. The hearing on Wednesday came after the subcommittee requested an assessment by the Defense Department of its risk exposure to weather events...
CDC to test for carcinogens around eight U.S. military bases

CDC to test for carcinogens around eight U.S. military bases

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Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will begin testing humans for exposure to toxic fluorinated compounds surrounding eight former and current military bases in the United States. The CDC will work with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry to check for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, the agencies announced last week. PFAS are used in firefighting foam on military bases. The assessments are expected to begin this year and continue through 2020, the agencies said. And they are planning a future multi-site health study to study the relationship between PFAS exposure and health outcomes. They plan to enlist volunteers in the targeted communities to have their blood and urine tested for PFAS. The areas the agencies plan to investigate ...
Air Force picks three bases for B-21 Raiders

Air Force picks three bases for B-21 Raiders

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May 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force announced Friday the B-21 Raider will replace the B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit at bomber bases in Texas, South Dakota and Missouri.The new long-range stealth bomber, which Northrop Grumman is developing in Palmdale, Calif., will be housed at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas, Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota and Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, the Air Force announced this week. The B-21 Raiders are expected to arrive sometime in 2025.The agency said because current bomber bases are being used, costs will be reduced."Our current bomber bases are best suited for the B-21," Secretary of the Air Force Heather A. Wilson said in a statement. "We expect the first B-21 Raider aircraft to be delivered in the mid-2020s."The Pentagon said it doesn't plan to ret...