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WASHINGTON DC - Two leading US textiles and apparel trade bodies are urging politicians to revise plans to phase out PFAS - so-called "forever chemicals" - from protective clothing for soldiers.

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) and the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) have written to members of the House Armed Services Committee warning that soldiers' lives could be jeopardised by the changes.

Section 314 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) proposes to phase out the use of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) used to make protective clothing and fire-fighting equipment, as well as a waterproof and stainproof coating for garments.

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