Gillibrand PFAS provisions included in National Defense Authorization

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Photo: Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin/U.S. Marine Corps.

WASHINGTON – A number of PFAS provisions modeled after Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s “Filthy Fifty Act” have been included by amendment into the fiscal year 2022 National Defense Authorization that passed out of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

One of those so-called “Filthy Fifty” installations that has contaminated municipal water is the Stewart Air National Guard Base. That facility has been determined to be the source of contamination of the City of Newburgh’s water supply, Washington Lake.

Gillibrand’s provisions include a two-year deadline for the Department of Defense to complete testing for PFAS at all currently identified military installations and National Guard facilities.

The bill also requires the DOD to submit a report to Congress with the status of efforts to remediate PFAS at 50 priority installations that are among the most contaminated with PFAS.

And it directs the DOD to develop a remediation schedule with proposed deadlines for when they plan to complete PFAS remediation at all military bases, National Guard facilities, and formerly used defense sites that have been identified as having a PFAS release related to DOD activities.