Lawmakers: High Costs Slowing Action on Contaminant in Water

Water sampling shows the contaminant — also called the "forever chemicals" because they will take thousands of years to break down — has seeped into many public water systems in the U.S. and globally, including around military bases and industries.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Cleaning up and protecting U.S. drinking water from a class of toxic chemicals used in many household items could cost in the tens of billions of dollars nationally, including $2 billion for the Department of Defense alone, witnesses testified Wednesday before a House panel urging the federal government to move more quickly on the cleanup. Rep. Harley Rouda, the California Democrat chairing the House Oversight and Reform environment subcommittee, told reporters after…

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