U.S. House Armed Services Committee Holds PFAS Hearing by ACWA Staff Sep 15, 2020 Water News WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Readiness convened to discuss how the Department of Defense is addressing its legacy of PFAS contamination and its potential impacts on human health and the environment. Chairman John Garamendi (CA – D) opened the hearing acknowledging that, “the scourge of contamination from PFOS and PFOA, and other perfluorinated compounds, is being experienced by communities across the country and indeed around the world.” The hearing focused on the use of aqueous film-forming foams (AFFF), firefighting foam that contains PFAS, and the congressionally mandated requirement that the Department of Defense phase out use of AFFF by 2024. Other topics discussed included PFAS cleanup and research into alternative PFAS disposal technologies. The witnesses included Maureen Sullivan, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment, and Dr. Herb Nelson, the Director of the Strategic Environment Research and Development Program. Both Sullivan and Nelson testified about the Department of Defense’s efforts to comply with the 2024 deadline and the ongoing research and development of alternative PFAS-free agents. Chairman Garamendi also stated that this year’s National Defense Authorization Act aims to increase transparency by requiring the Department of Defense to publicly publish the results of drinking water and groundwater testing conducted on military installations and former Department of Defense sites. For more details regarding the House Armed Services Committee hearing, visit the House Armed Services Committee’s web page.