Water advisory lifed for Cannon

Freedom New Mexico The boil water advisory for Cannon Air Force Base and Chavez housing has been lifted. Extensive testing of the water system has determined that the contamination was isolated to one outside faucet at the Landing Zone. All other tests from inside the Landing Zone and across base and Chavez housing were negative. […]

Water advisory continues for Cannon

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico State environmental officials expect a boil water order at Cannon Air Force Base will be lifted by Saturday at the latest. The order was issued Wednesday after testing revealed E. coli contamination of Cannon’s water. Drinking water Compliance Operation Manager Mike Huber said Cannon has increased chlorine levels in […]

State orders dairy to clean up contamination

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The New Mexico Environment Department has ordered a second dairy in Roosevelt County to come up with a plan for cleaning up contaminated groundwater. According to a news release from the department, La Jolla Dairy northwest of Portales has submitted a Stage 1 Abatement plan to address soil and […]

Dairy submits plan to clean up contamination

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer New Mexico Environment Department representatives have said they’ve found groundwater pollution at a local dairy, but the owner said he has decreased existing contamination since taking over the property. NMED environmental scientist Bart Faris, reading from the abatement plan the dairy has turned in to address the situation, said […]

Local food bank discards recalled items

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Freedom New Mexico The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico has thrown out about 15 items flagged for possible salmonella contamination in a nationwide peanut butter product recall. Nancy Taylor, executive director of the food bank, said her staff is doing all it can to prevent any possibly contaminated products from leaving their warehouse through […]

Elida’s water not safe

PNT Staff Report The New Mexico Environment Department advised the town of Elida to issue a “boil water alert” Saturday, after bacteriological contamination that exceeded the maximum contaminant level for E. coli was discovered, according to a press release issued by the department Wednesday. Most strains of E. coli live in the intestines of healthy […]

Dairies question meaning of groundwater report

By Marlena Hartz About half of New Mexico’s 160 dairies have groundwater beneath them that’s been polluted with nitrate, according to a New Mexico Environment Department internal review completed in January. Dairy proponents, however, are questioning the meaning of NMED’s report, pointing out that groundwater contamination was a concern across the state before the population […]