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.
Feb. 10, 2020 – PFAS detected in Clovis public drinking water system
May 9, 2019 – N.M. Department of Health: High levels of perfluorinated compounds in Lake Holloman
March 5, 2019 – State sues Air Force over PFAS contamination at Cannon, Holloman | Complaint