Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that have been used for a large number of purposes since the 1950s.
PFAS have been used in food packaging, cleaning products, stain resistant carpet treatments, nonstick cookware and firefighting foam, among other products.
Due to the widespread use of PFAS and the fact that they bioaccumulate, they are found in the bodies of people and animals all over the world, as well as ground and surface water.
The health effects of these emerging contaminants are still being studied, but research indicates that some PFAS may affect reproductive health, increase the risk of some cancers, affect childhood development, increase cholesterol levels, affect the immune system, and interfere with the body’s hormones.
PFAS contamination in New Mexico is one of the New Mexico Environment Department’s top priorities, as is the protection of human health and the environment.
PFAS Request for Information
- View the May 2022 Request for Information relevant to the disposal and/or destruction of PFAS (open for 60 days)
- Ver la Solicitud de Información de Mayo de 2022 relevante para la eliminación y/o destrucción de PFAS (abierta por 60 días) en español
- Download the Hazardous Waste Emergency Fund Memo to Highland Dairy
- Read the Highland Dairy removal plan associated with the Dairy’s application USDA for cow indemnity
Oct. 18, 2021 – PFAS sampling in Curry and Roosevelt Counties