New Mexico sues Air Force over groundwater contamination at bases
New Mexico sued the U.S. Air Force on Tuesday over water contamination, arguing that the federal government has a responsibility to clean up leftover plumes of toxic chemicals, according to an Associated Press report.
Regulators say that groundwater at the Cannon and Holloman air bases is contaminated with chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, according to the AP.
New Mexico alleges that the contaminated water poses "an immediate and substantial danger" to surrounding communities, according to the AP. The air bases reportedly affect water basins which serve thousands of people.
PFAS have been found at dozens of bases and manufacturing sites across the country, prompting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to say it will roll out a plan to limit the cancer-causing chemicals.
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