Government Contracts Proposed DFARS Technical Changes Address Hexavalent Chromium
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Monday, December 28, 2020

Proposed DFARS Technical Changes Address Hexavalent Chromium

By Government Contracts Editorial Staff

A proposed rule issued by the Department of Defense would amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement to remove references to revoked executive orders related to minimizing the use of materials containing hexavalent chromium. The rule would revise DFARS 223.7301, and remove DFARS 223.7302, to delete references to E.O. 13423, Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management, and E.O. 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, as the authorities for the policy at DFARS Subpart 223.73, Minimizing the Use of Materials Containing Hexavalent Chromium. Both E.O. 13423 and E.O. 13514 were revoked by E.O. 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, which was later revoked by E.O. 13834, Efficient Federal Operations. The removal of these references will not impact DoD’s policies and procedures for minimizing the use of hexavalent chromium, a known carcinogen, still used in some DoD weapon systems and platforms due to its corrosion protection properties. Comments on the proposed rule identified by DFARS Case 2020-D031 are due January 22, 2021. The text of the rule appears at ¶70,020.460.

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