Crow Urges PFAS Provisions Stay in Negotiated NDAA
Rep. Jason Crow (CO-06) urged NDAA conferees to retain strong PFAS provisions in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the major annual bill authorizing national defense spending, as negotiations between the House and Senate kick off this week. New reports show PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals,” have been discovered in groundwater across the Denver metro region, including at Buckley Air Force Base in Crow’s district.
“Environmental security is national security. The discovery of staggering levels of PFAS in our groundwater in Colorado and across the country must be addressed with the full attention of Congress. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I supported several provisions that would -- among other things -- ensure PFAS is treated like a deadly pollutant, mandate that it be phased out from firefighting foams, and require the Department of Defense to share water monitoring information with communities adjacent to military bases.
“As the House and Senate debate the final passage of the NDAA, it is incumbent upon Congress to ensure this provision stays in the final defense bill. With recent reports showing over 100,000 Colorado residents possibly exposed to contaminated drinking water, addressing the situation is mission-critical.
In August, Rep. Crow signed a letter with over 160 members of Congress on both sides of the aisle urging NDAA conferees to retain provisions that ensure our military is equipped to confront the PFAS contamination challenges present at military bases and surrounding communities.