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SANTA FE — Today, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to include per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act as a listed hazardous waste, which would set a clear regulatory path for New Mexico and dozens of other states grappling with PFAS contamination.

‘In the absence of a federal framework, states continue to create a patchwork of regulatory standards for PFAS across the U.S. to address these hazardous chemicals. This leads to inequity in public health and environmental protections,’ said Gov. Lujan Grisham. ‘This petition seeks swift EPA action to create a federal framework that will equally protect all communities across the U.S. by declaring PFAS what it is – a hazardous waste under federal law.’

New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Cabinet Secretary James Kenney delivered the same message during testimony before the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works last week. The Governor’s petition was also shared with the full Committee and entered into the hearing docket…”