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DRINKING WATER: STATUS OF DOD EFFORTS TO ADDRESS DRINKING WATER CONTAMINANTS USED IN FIREFIGHTING FOAM
U.S. Government Accountability Office, GAO-18-700T, 17 pp, 26 Sep 2018

The fire-fighting foam DoD has used for decades contains chemicals that, at elevated exposure levels, can increase risks of cancer or other health issues. As a result, DOD spent about $200 million on investigations and response (as of December 2016); identified 401 installations with known or potential releases of these chemicals; and took actions (e.g., providing alternative drinking water) at 32 locations (as of August 2017). This testimony is based largely on the GAO report on DoD's response to fire-fighting foam contamination in drinking water, which is part of a body of work on the federal government's environmental liabilities and an issue on GAO's High-Risk list. https://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-18-700T#summary



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