What are PFAS?

What are PFAS?

Weekly Dispatch

Newly-released documents show Navy knew about spread of PFAS

November 24, 2020

Navy

In New York, newly released data show that the U.S. Navy did not tell the public that it knew PFAS were present at the southern boundary of the former Grumman manufacturing site in Calverton.

As states try to regulate PFAS, disputes increase between military, companies

November 17, 2020

Washing Hands

In New Hampshire, the Air Force has refused requests from state officials and members of Congress to follow the state’s regulations limiting the amount of PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, in drinking water.  

Because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has failed to set drinking water regulations for PFAS, many states have started creating and trying to enforce those limits. 

New Mexico to delineate PFAS contamination from two Air Force bases

November 3, 2020

Water Faucet

Last week, the state of New Mexico released a request for proposals on a contract to investigate PFAS contamination from Cannon and Holloman Air Force bases.  

We mentioned these plans a while back, after the New Mexico State Legislature allocated $1 million to study where PFAS pollution has spread and another $100,000 to create and implement a well testing program in Curry and Roosevelt counties. 

Nationwide, PFAS seeping from military bases, factories, and airports

October 27, 2020

underwater

Here in New Mexico, activities at Holloman and Cannon Air Force bases have contaminated groundwater with PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. The Pentagon has also identified five other military sites that may have polluted local waters with PFAS.   

But PFAS contamination isn’t just a problem in New Mexico. The toxic chemicals have seeped out of factories, Naval bases, and airports around the nation. And the world.  

Study shows 200 million Americans drinking PFAS-tainted water

October 20, 2020

Water Splash

A new study published in the peer-reviewed journal, Environmental Science and Technology Letters estimates that 200 million Americans could have PFAS in their drinking water at levels of one part per trillion or more. 

PFAS found in bottled water, MD oyster waters, and the blood of a Wisconsin activist

October 13, 2020

water ripple

Here in New Mexico, two Air Force bases have contaminated groundwater with PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Five other military sites in the state have been identified as possibly having contaminated local waters, as well.  

PFAS contamination might not garner many headlines in New Mexico, but all across the country, communities are grappling with similar problems.