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Clovis to host remediation presentation


August 14, 2019

CLOVIS — The city of Clovis will host a presentation by King Industries for considerations to remediate a contaminated plume of water adjacent to Cannon Air Force Base, according to a release from the city.

The presentation is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s Ingram Room.

The city first hired King Industries in February, approving spending up to $15,000 on the firm that includes former State Engineer Tom Blaine.

The firm is looking into the PFAS/PFOA contamination resulting from the decades-long use of firefighting foam by the Air Force.

The money comes from environmental gross receipts taxes the city receives from Curry County in its shared service agreements. Mayor David Lansford, who also chairs the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority, said the authority wanted to work on the remediation but left the funding mechanism to the city because it felt it was unfair to make smaller communities nowhere near the plume share in the costs.

The company represents Clovis, Curry County, the water authority and various private stakeholders.

The Air Force has previously said it has done what it can to mitigate the impacts on human consumption, but that it lacks the authority to take any action on behalf of livestock or agriculture.

Information: 575-769-7828


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