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A bill introduced this week at the Roundhouse would allocate funds for private water well testing in Roosevelt and Curry counties that would screen for toxic chemicals found in a firefighting foam used at the state’s Air Force bases.
Senate Bill 275, introduced by Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, calls for $700,000 to be appropriated to the New Mexico Environment Department to test private drinking water and agricultural water sources.
Firefighting foam used for decades at Cannon Air Force Base contained per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. Those waterproof chemicals – employed at military sites and used in Teflon and Scotchgard – leaked into groundwater on and near Cannon, the Air Force confirmed in 2018.