NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The US House has passed a law directing the federal government to clean up contaminated groundwater. The Cannon and Holloman Air Force bases are among those that used fire-fighting foam containing PFAS which then contaminated the waters.
On Wednesday upstairs, MP Teresa Leger Fernandez (D-New Mexico) spoke about Highland Dairy near Cannon. She says Highland’s groundwater had PFAS levels hundreds of times above the EPA limits. This prevented the owner from selling his milk or his cattle.
Thus, Léger Fernandez proposed an amendment to the PFAS legislation to include the agricultural industry. “We cannot allow PFAS to integrate into our food system. My amendment requires the EPA to consider the risk that PFASs pose to water used for agricultural purposes like this one in Highland. The EPA’s work must include farmers, rural America, and food. we eat, ”said representative Leger Fernandez.
Biparty legislation passed by the House on Wednesday includes the Leger Fernandez amendment – it also designates the chemicals as hazardous and orders the EPA to clean up the contamination.