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“The state Environment Department is stepping up efforts to prevent a cancer-causing pollutant from being discharged into state waters.

The agency has awarded a contract to map toxic plumes near two military bases while launching a project to test drinking-water sources in 19 counties for carcinogenic chemicals known as PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

These efforts will help determine the next steps in identifying and managing PFAS pollution in the state, the agency said.

Two prime sources of PFAS pollution are Cannon and Holloman Air Force bases, located in Clovis and Alamogordo, respectively. In the 2020 legislative session, the Environment Department received $1 million to address PFAS in those two areas.

‘With the Department of Defense not doing anything to curtail the movement of that plume and passing the cost onto New Mexico, I’m glad we could do something,’ Environment Department Secretary James Kenney said in a phone interview.

Kenney added he will do everything in his power to ensure the Defense Department bears the full cost of remedying the pollution.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has no drinking water limit for PFAS. It has a established a lifetime health advisory level for two chemicals in the PFAS group — PFOA and PFOS — at 70 parts per trillion, which means there may be ill effects if PFAS is ingested above this threshold for many years…”