Holloman Air Force Base near Alomogordo, New Mexico. Photo: USAF.

Officials in New Mexico claim that Holloman Air Force Base has violated its state permit after toxic chemicals were found in groundwater.

The New Mexico Environment Department reported that they issued a “notice of violation” to Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo, New Mexico, following the discovery of significant contamination.

In a statement released on Wednesday, New Mexico officials say pollutants were found in groundwater at levels nearly twice threshold amount put out by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

A site inspection report in November said groundwater below Holloman tested positive for unsafe pollutants.

Environment Department Secretary-designate Jim Kenney says state officials are “dismayed” by the USAF’s slow response to the findings.

When called upon by the Associated Press, a spokesman for the Holloman Air Force Base’s 49th Wing Public Affairs Office did not immediately respond to an email.

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