PFAS Resource Center
The news of water pollution on Art Schaap’s Clovis, New Mexico, dairy sent chills down the spines of dairy producers across the country who live near military installations. Here are the tools you need to understand per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and the potential environmental effects.
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Art Schaap, owner of Highland Dairy in Clovis, New Mexico is facing a unique kind of devastation. He’s dumping 15,000 gallons of milk each day, had to let his 40 employees go and plans to kill all 4,000 of his cows because seven of his 13 wells have been contaminated by toxins called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that entered the groundwater at nearby Cannon Air Force base. Read the complete story here.
New Mexico on Tuesday sued the U.S. Air Force over groundwater contamination at two bases, saying the federal government has a responsibility to clean up plumes of toxic chemicals left behind by past military firefighting activities.
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If you live near an Air Force, Air Guard or Navy base, James Bearzi, senior regulatory and environmental specialist at Glorieta Geoscience Inc., an environmental consultancy working with dairy producers in Clovis, offers the following tips regarding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Producers and individuals throughout the dairy industry have raised questions about the impact of PFAS consumption on animal and human health. We posed a few of those questions to representatives at the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).