2014 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:12:56 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] FUEL: "Tests may have underestimated Kirtland [AFB, NM] water contamination"
Tests may have underestimated Kirtland water contamination

By John Fleck
Albuquerque Journal (NM)
July 22, 2014

Tests conducted by Air Force contractors may have frequently underestimated the levels of hazardous chemicals found in Albuquerque groundwater contaminated by a Kirtland Air Force Base fuel spill, Air Force and state officials have acknowledged in documents and interviews.

The extent of the problem is unclear, but it raises questions about the accuracy of official estimates of the size of the plume and the speed with which it might be moving toward municipal drinking water wells, according to one of the leading critics of cleanup efforts.

The problem, first detected in groundwater samples collected nearly three years ago, has increased recently, according to Tom Blaine, director of the New Mexico Environment Department’s Environmental Health Division.


For the entire article, see
http://www.abqjournal.com/433218/abqnewsseeker/tests-may-have- underestimated-kirtland-water-contamination.html


Lenny Siegel
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