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New Mexico AG: Suit against Air Force is 'Corruption Case' about Fire Retardant,s PFAS

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After suing the federal government over the discharge of toxic, cancer-causing chemicals that have tainted New Mexico’s groundwater, Attorney General Hector Balderas says he considers the lawsuit against the Air Force a public “corruption case. It’s my position that this is not just an environmental battle for environmental cleanup. This is a corruption case, where a powerful federal entity needs to account to what have been loyal citizens in New Mexico," re: chemical plumes of unknown size around bases, which critics say are putting residents, businesses and livestock at risk, and the Air Force’s failure to remediate them seeking injunctive relief to recover costs associated with the public health risks related to PFAS.

The Air Force’s discharges of toxic pollution over decades “have created an imminent and substantial endangerment to human health and the environment.”

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