Air Force Sued in “Corruption Case”

Clovis dairy farmer Art Schaap looks over some of his 1,800 Holstein cows on the Highland Diary. PFAS pollution caused him to dump thousands of gallons of milk and mull whether he needed to kill off his cattle. photo courtesy Don J. Usner/Searchlight New Mexico

Health Editor’s Note: The attorney general of New Mexico sued the federal government for tainting groundwater with cancer-causing chemicals. PFAS contamination has come from the use of fire fighting foam for training for the past 50 years by the Cannon Air Force Base near Clovis . These “forever” chemicals are the cause of PFAS which increase risk for developing cancer, impaired immune systems, decreased fertility rates, and increase cholesterol levels.  This class of over 5,000 in the the water…..Carol

New Mexico AG: Suit against Air Force is ‘corruption case’

by Mark Gerstein/

Months after suing the federal government over the discharge of toxic, cancer-causing chemicals that have tainted New Mexico’s groundwater, Attorney General Hector Balderas now says he considers the lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force a public “corruption case.”

“It’s my position, looking at the entire set of facts, that this is not just an environmental battle for environmental cleanup,” Balderas said during a phone interview Friday. “This is absolutely a corruption case, where a powerful federal entity needs to account to what have been very committed and loyal citizens in New Mexico.

“It’s corruption and un-American,” Balderas said, referring to chemical plumes of unknown size around bases in Southern and Eastern New Mexico — which critics say are putting residents, businesses and livestock at risk — and the Air Force’s failure to remediate them.

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