The Pentagon has been pushing the White House and Congress to ease clean water standards, according to the Military Times, citing a New York Times report.
DOD faces costs of more than $2 billion to clean up PFAS-contaminated water on or around 126 installations.
Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) said DOD wants to raise the amount of acceptable contamination to reduce the number of sites it needs to clean up.
A Pentagon spokeswoman said DOD does not want to skirt its responsibility, Military Times reported.
“DOD is not seeking a different or weaker cleanup standard but wants the standard risk-based cleanup approach that is based on science and applies to everyone,” DOD spokeswoman Heather Babb said.
U.S. Air Force photo of water cleanup at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., by Senior Airman Ashley Maldonado