The U.S. Air Force has confirmed that per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals used at Cannon and Holloman Air Force Bases in New Mexico have contaminated nearby groundwater supplies. The two PFAS chemicals of greatest interest are perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). While the full set of risks associated with PFAS exposure are still being uncovered, I am concerned by recent studies linking these unregulated emerging contaminants to a number of adverse health effects.
It is clear that we urgently need to clean up this toxic mess and protect the health and safety of communities and business that have been impacted by PFAS contamination. I strongly believe that the Department of Defense has a responsibility to clean up after itself and an obligation to protect the public health of military communities like Clovis and Alamogordo.
I am committed to ensuring relief for New Mexicans who have been impacted by PFAS contamination.
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry PFAS Health InformationEPA Recommendations for Addressing Groundwater Contaminated with PFOA and PFOS
March 10th, 2023