Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael

The U.S. Military and the Toxic “Forever Chemicals” Scandal w/ David Bond

April 24, 2021

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On this edition of Parallax Views, news has been breaking of the the Department of Defense (DoD) overseeing the clandestine burning of 20 million pounds of Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF) in low-income areas. The scandal of this is that this tactic for getting rid of AFFF does not appear to be an efficient strategy of disposal backed by science. And moreover, the burning of AFFF, according to a Bennington College study, is releasing a "witches brew of toxic emissions". Despite Enivornmental Protection Agency (EPA) warnings of the problems of trying to burn AFFF, the U.S. military burned massive amounts of this toxic firefighting foam for the past four years releasing forever chemicals (see: Perfluorooctanoic acid aka PFAS) that have been negatively impacting low-income areas and are now likely going to be threatening an even broader population in the future.

Bennington College's David Bond, Associate Director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action, joins us to discuss this scandal in-depth and the deleterious effects it is having on low-income areas. Additionally, David stresses how the problem of forever chemicals is now reaching beyond low-income areas and will effect all of us in the future.

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