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Regarding New Mexico's PFAS situation, Governor Lujan Grisham has weighed in heavily against EPA inaction:

The EPA said it won't join the state in litigation, saying it is "not permitted to bring a judicial action against another Executive Branch department or agency," in a letter to the Governor dated July 19. "EPA's direct and confidential participation in judicial litigation against DOD would conflict with the unitary and uniform execution of the law."

But Lujan Grisham said the agency is not fulfilling its commitment to New Mexicans.

"[EPA's] decision to not do everything under its current enforcement authoritieswhether judicial or administrativeis inconsistent with its mission to protect public health and the environment. Further, it is a demonstrative example of EPA's failure to uphold compliance with federal environmental laws," Lujan Grisham said in an August 2 letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

She added that Wheeler had "personally committed" to U.S. Senator Tom Udall "to assist NMED with legal and technical assistance in a confidential manner" at an April Senate Appropriations hearing.

The EPA said it has provided technical assistance to the state in the form of fact sheets on PFAS in dairy, and a webinar presentation on the contaminants.

Lujan Grisham said that's not enough. "Providing factsheets and offering webinars are not meaningful legal and technical assistance in pursuit of state and federal claims that would compel the U.S. Air Force to take responsibility for delineating the PFAS plume, remediating it and protecting our communities," she said in the letter.

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Pallone's Floor Statement on H.R. 535 deserves exposure:



Pallone Floor Statement on H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) delivered remarks on the House Floor during consideration of H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act, which ...
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It seems to me this was already litigated, as portrayed by Mark Rufallo in the recent movie, Dark Waters.

If that's the case, and the ruling covers Du Pont and other chemical companies in establishing the harm to health, including death, of PFAS, then EPA is actually criminally negligent in not enforcing the finding of the court, which includes a $90 billion fine, plenty to clean up the PFAS sites, or at least to get started.


If EPA won't do that, it seems to me the place to go is to the court, not to Congress, which is already corrupted.


If EPA still won't act, it's time to call in the FBI - yes, I know, THAT FBI, but still, the local office might still enforce the actual law.


Arrests can be made of EPA officials, all the way to the top if necessary. They are defying a court ruling, no?

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However, litigation may create precedents, but litigation doesn't create binding statutes, and of course the oldest of Bugaboos, is determined both by court action and by legislation: who is going to pay for it?


Here is more from NJ Congressman Frank Pallone, whose state, again, suffers from more PFAS pollution than any other:



WMBC: Pallone Updates Public on Legislation to Address PFAS contamination WMBC.
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