STATE, LOCAL OFFICIALS WANT ASSISTANCE FROM AIR FORCE FOR CONTAMINATION
EASTERN NM (KSMX) – Today the New Mexico Environment Department issued a Notice of Violation to Holloman Air Force Base. This is in response to detected toxic pollutants found in groundwater on base. The levels of Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substance was found to be nearly twice the levels of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s drinking water health advisory. These violations may seem familiar, as Cannon Air Force Base was also issued a violation for PFOS and PFOA found in groundwater near the base. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and The New Mexico congressional delegation talked with U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson today, noting they “firmly expect the Air Force to show much more urgency in responding to the contamination around Holloman and Cannon Air Force Bases than they have to date.” Joining in, the Curry County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution requesting immediate action and assistance from the Air Force, Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security to abate and prevent further spread of the contaminants at Cannon.