2013 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2013 08:40:49 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] FUEL: Air Forces changes technology at Kirtland Air Force Base (NM)
New Mexico Officials Fault Air Force Fuel Spill Change

Associated Press
Santa Fe New Mexican
June 1, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE — An Air Force system for sucking fuel contamination from Albuquerque groundwater is using a less effective technology than planned, state officials said Friday.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that New Mexico Environment Department also said that the Air Force made the switch without consulting state regulators.

The Air Force said the design change, which uses a lower temperature furnace to burn off fuel vapors, was made for fire safety reasons and that the system still meets the contamination removal requirements.

According to a May 23 letter from the Environment Department, the Air Force promised one thing when asking for state approval last year, then while the project was under construction last year quietly switched the kind of cleanup technology to one that removes contamination at a “significantly” lower rate.


For the entire article, see
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/ article_99fe9398-1d6c-5718-ae4e-b095114dfe39.html


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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