Shaheen questions defense secretary on PFAS safeguards
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Sen. Jeanne Shaheen questioned Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan Thursday about a published report that states the Pentagon is lobbying the Trump administration to adopt a weaker standard for PFAS chemicals.
The New York Times reported the Pentagon is lobbying the administration to weaken the PFAS standard for groundwater as the Environmental Protection Agency is working to set tougher standards.
Shaheen, D-N.H., told Shanahan she was “quite concerned” about the New York Times report.
“You and I first had a chance to talk about PFAS chemicals and how they’re affecting the former Pease Air Force Base in 2017,” Shaheen told Shanahan during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday morning in Washington, D.C. “I told you about the hundreds of people, children, who had been drinking water, and those chemicals have now showed up (in their blood tests.)”