The State Environment Department says Cannon Air Force Base will have to pay up if it doesn’t find a way to fix ground water contamination.
Recent tests show chemicals from firefighting foam used on the base have seeped into the local wells. They’re a known carcinogen.
The NMED says Cannon is not taking proper action to deal with the contamination, affecting not only those on the base but nearby residents and dairy farmers.
The department is requiring the base to identify corrective measures for affected dairies, including installing treatment systems on contaminated wells.
If the base does not comply with these requests, it could face a $15,000 fine per day in violation.