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    Blood Tests Offered in New Mexico amid Query into ‘Forever Chemical’ Contamination at Military Bases

    Blood Tests Offered in New Mexico amid Query into ‘Forever Chemical' Contamination at Military Bases

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Hundreds of residents and personnel stationed at a U.S. in eastern New Mexico will be able to have their blood tested as state officials expand their investigation into contamination from a group of compounds known as “forever chemicals.”

    The New Mexico Environment Department announced Tuesday that it is searching for a contractor that can conduct the tests in the spring. The idea is to host two events where up to 500 adult volunteers living within a few miles of Cannon Air Force Base will have a small amount of blood drawn and tested for PFAS.

    Surveys also will be done to determine any potential exposure for those living near the base.

    PFAS, which stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, have been linked to cancer and other health problems in humans. They are called “forever chemicals” because they don't degrade in the environment and remain in the bloodstream.

    The chemicals have been detected at hundreds of installations across the United States, resulting in what will be billions of dollars in cleanup costs. New Mexico officials said contamination at Cannon and at Holloman Air Force Base in southern New Mexico already has cost the state over $8 million in site assessment, cleanup, litigation and other costs.

    The Air Force has spent more than $67 million on its response to PFAS contamination at Cannon so far.

    State Environment Secretary James Kenney said PFAS…

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