The New Mexico attorney general and the Environment Department have filed a motion asking that the U.S. Air Force be required to quickly clean up contamination from toxic firefighting foam that leaked into the ground on and near Holloman and Cannon Air Force bases.
The preliminary injunction, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, asks the court to compel the Air Force to outline the contamination plume and test groundwater and drinking water. Another demand is that the Air Force provide alternative water sources and voluntary blood tests to those who may have been exposed to the toxic substances.
“I am extremely frustrated that the Air Force has not been responsive to protecting the health and safety of New Mexican families by addressing years of environmental pollution,” state Attorney General Hector Balderas said in a statement Wednesday. “Because of their delay and failure to act, (Environment Secretary James) Kenney and I are asking the court to ensure timely protection of New Mexico’s people, wildlife, and environment from this ongoing and devastating pollution.”