State files lawsuit against Cannon, Holloman over contamination

State files lawsuit against Cannon, Holloman over contamination

Source: https://www.krqe.com, March 5, 2019

The New Mexico Environment Department and the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General have filed a lawsuit against the Air Force to compel officials to address the contamination caused by the discharge of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances at Cannon and Holloman Air Force bases. 

“In the absence of cooperation by the Air Force, the New Mexico Environment Department will move swiftly and decisively to ensure protections for both public health and the environment,” said Environment Secretary James Kenney in a news release. “In addition to violating environmental laws, the Air Force violated our public trust. Today we begin holding them accountable.”

The complaint, filed in New Mexico federal court, alleges violations of the state’s Hazardous Waste Act.

According to a news release the state is requesting immediate injunctive relief from the court that requires the Air Force to clean up the contamination at the two bases and pay for the abatement activities.

This is a developing story.

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