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PFAS in New Mexico

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

The latest

Jan. 20, 2022 – U.S. DOD response to NMED’s Nov 10, 2021 letter regarding PFAS hazardous waste clean-up

Dec. 9, 2021 – Letter to U.S. DOD Secretary Austin to implement ECOS PFAS Resolution

Nov. 10, 2021 – Letter to U.S. DOD Secretary Austin calling on DOD to end its PFAS litigation against New Mexico

Oct. 26, 2021 – EPA Responds to Gov. Lujan Grisham’s Petition, Will Move to List Four PFAS Chemicals as Hazardous

Oct. 18, 2021 PFAS sampling in Curry and Roosevelt Counties

June 23, 2021 – Governor Lujan Grisham formally petitions EPA to list PFAS as hazardous waste under federal law

June 9, 2021 Environment Department Cabinet Secretary urges federal action on PFAS during Senate committee testimony

El Secretario de Gabinete del Departamento de Medio Ambiente insta a tomar medidas federales en relación con los PFAS durante su testimonio ante el comité del Senado

June 4, 2021 Environment Department takes initial steps toward clean-up of PFAS plumes in eastern New Mexico

Feb. 21, 2021 – New Mexico petitions U.S. Court of Appeals to advance PFAS litigation against the U.S. Department of Defense

Jan. 18, 2021 – Environment Department tackles PFAS contamination while sampling for chemicals in drinking water sources across New Mexico

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