New Mexico sues US Air Force over groundwater contamination
March 6, 2019
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Tuesday sued the U.S. Air Force over groundwater contamination at two bases, saying the federal government has a responsibility to clean up plumes of toxic chemicals left behind by past military firefighting activities.
The contamination — linked to a class of chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS — was detected last year in groundwater on and near Cannon and Holloman air bases.
Similar contamination has been found at dozens of military sites across the nation, and growing evidence that exposure can be dangerous has prom...