The EPA drafted a safety recommendation for cleaning firefighting chemicals from water. The military isn’t using it.

Firefighting foam, Freehold NJ

KYLE BAGENSTOSE / BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES – A new U.S. Department of Defense policy appears to disregard safety recommendations drafted by the Environmental Protection Agency for how to handle firefighting chemical contamination in groundwater, drawing criticism from lawmakers and activists who are calling for strict regulation.

Specifically, a DOD memo distributed across military leadership in October sets a “screening level” for the chemicals that is ten times higher than what the EPA recommended last spring. Such screening levels are used as thresholds to determine whether the military must further investigate and potentially clean a chemical contamination, or whether it can simply disregard it and take no further action …

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