Over the past several years, communities outside more than 100 active and closed installations have been grappling with the discovery of contamination in either their drinking water systems or groundwater supplies believed to stem from the use of firefighting foam by the military. The problem has posed a significant financial burden on communities, which still have not been given any assurance as to what safe exposure limits should be for the contaminants, PFOA and PFOS.
The 2018 Defense Communities National Summit will feature a town hall forum which will provide community leaders an opportunity to explore ways they can work with their local installations to address this public health concern. The special session will bring together key stakeholders from DOD, the military services, the Environmental Protection Agency and affected communities to help attendees gain a better understanding of PFOA/PFOS contamination issues, community impacts and constraints to addressing this issue. Attendees also will learn about efforts underway at EPA based on the national event the agency held last month.
The PFOA/PFOS Forum is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19. The Summit, the nation’s leading forum on the policy and trends impacting military installations and defense communities, will be held June 18-20 in Washington, D.C. The program — which builds on the theme, Strengthening America’s Defense Infrastructure — includes three pre-Summit events, 10 general sessions and more than 20 breakout sessions. To learn more, visit the Summit website.