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Pentagon Requesting Reevaluation of EPA Water Standards

Defense Department concerned that restrictions are too high

Following the EPA’s proposal last year to increase standards on groundwater and drinking water around the nation, the Pentagon voiced concern about the restrictions. Due to billions of dollars spent on cleaning up chemical waste that could enter the American water supply, the Pentagon is requesting that the president’s administration loosen the new restrictions. The EPA has been firm with its tough standards for the presence of chemicals throughout the Trump administration thus far.

Military bases and NASA launch sites are the main culprits of the contamination as the Defence Department uses these substances in their firefighting foam--typically used during training exercises. The EPA reports that roughly five to ten million Americans may be drinking water laced with higher than normal levels of Per-and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances. These have been linked to cancers in recent years.

Sources: NY Times, Politico, NPR
As the Lord Leads, pray with us:
  • For President Trump to have wisdom on how best to balance the needs of the military and the American people.
  • For the EPA as they work hard to provide clean drinking water to all Americans.
  • For the Defense Department to work with the EPA to find a good solution that is in the benefit of the American people.