Visit to Dairy contaminated by chemicals from Air Force Base


UGA College of Ag & Environmental Sciences

Looking at the cows at Highland Dairy, U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez said there’s no visible sign that anything is wrong with them…

Leger Fernandez visited the eastern New Mexico dairy this week for the first time, although she has been advocating to get the dairy owner compensation for the cattle following contamination from a nearby U.S. Air Force base…

While the cattle at the dairy look like any other cows, Leger Fernandez said tests done at the dairy have yielded results far exceeding the federal (PFAS) standard of 70 parts per trillion. That means the cows can’t be used for food production

The contamination came from fire suppression foam used in training exercises at Cannon Air Force Base. The forever chemicals then entered the groundwater that the dairy relies on. This groundwater is part of the Ogallala Aquifer, which is quickly being depleted. Leger Fernandez said, like all water in New Mexico, the Ogallala Aquifer is a precious resource.

“It is heartbreaking to know that we have contamination in this very important aquifer,” she said.

We also have cities like Clovis that have taken their municipal water supply from the same aquifer – for decades. Negotiations with the Federal Government – ultimately responsible for paying to fix this disaster – are “ongoing”. One of my least favorite bullshit words in the lexicon of journalism.

The poisoning of people in Eastern New Mexico and West Texas – just like the cows – is “ongoing”.

4 thoughts on “Visit to Dairy contaminated by chemicals from Air Force Base

    • p/s says:

      Click above to display and enlarge NOAA map which shows changes in Ogallala Aquifer water levels in feet from the period before the aquifer was tapped to 2015.
      The Ogallala Aquifer underlies parts of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.

  1. ProfitsB4People says:

    Cattle from a small south-east Michigan farm that sold beef to schools and at farmers’ markets in the state have been found to contain dangerous levels of PFAS, so-called “forever chemicals” that can pose a serious risk to human health.
    The news comes after consumer groups in 2019 warned that using PFAS-laden sewage sludge as fertilizer would contaminate dairy, beef, crops and other food products. However, at the time a Michigan agricultural regulator publicly assured the state’s dairy farmers her agency wouldn’t test milk for the toxic chemicals as they didn’t want to inflict economic pain on the $15bn industry, she said. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/11/michigan-beef-dangerous-levels-forever-chemicals

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