New Mexico
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PFAS

PFAS

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. This page includes information about all PFAS-related work being conducted by the Environment Department. 

The latest

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

Feb. 10, 2020  PFAS detected in Clovis public drinking water system

PFAS detectadas en el sistema público de agua potable de Clovis

Feb. 7, 2020 – Comments on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

July 24, 2019 – State files preliminary injunction against Air Force to compel PFAS clean-up

El Estado presenta una orden preliminar contra la Fuerza Aérea para obligarla a abordar la contaminación por PFAS

May 9, 2019 – N.M. Department of Health: High levels of perfluorinated compounds in Lake Holloman

April 3, 2019 – Recent testing indicates no exceedances of federal health advisory levels for PFAS in Cannon Air Force Base drinking water

Los recientes análisis indican que no se han excedido los niveles federales de recomendación de salud para PFAS en el agua potable de la Base de la Fuerza Aérea Cannon

March 5, 2019 – State sues Air Force over PFAS contamination at Cannon, Holloman | Complaint 

El Estado demanda a la Fuerza Aérea por contaminación de PFAS en Cannon y Holloman

Feb. 6, 2019 – Environment Department moves to hold Air Force accountable for groundwater contamination at Holloman Air Force Base | Notice of violation