SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico officials have proposed updating the state’s water pollution regulations and some of the changes would bring the rules into alignment with federal standards.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2cjLvRU) that the state regulations have for years allowed higher levels of toxic pollutants than federal standards. The New Mexico Environment Department is trying to change that by setting new limits for pollution from businesses like dry cleaners and auto repair shops.

Many of the pollutants have been linked to environmental hazards and cancer.

The department is currently seeking public comments on the proposed revisions to the surface and groundwater regulations.

Agency officials are holding meetings in Las Cruces and elsewhere. They expect to go before the state Water Quality Control Commission for approval next spring.