2015 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:25:32 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] FUEL: "New wells address Kirtland [AFB, NM] fuel cleanup"
New wells address Kirtland fuel cleanup

By Phillip Swarts
Air Force TimesJuly 27, 2015

Sixteen years after an underground fuel leak at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico was first discovered, and almost seven decades after the leak possibly began, the Air Force has begun a new cleanup effort that has local officials guardedly optimistic.

On the outskirts of Albuquerque, a city of more than 500,000 people, the Kirtland spill by 1999 had released millions of gallons of fuel into the surrounding water table and was creeping toward the city’s drinking water supply.

The damaged pipe was taken out of service when the leak was discovered, but the cleanup dilemma remained, with local officials and residents often accusing the Air Force of foot-dragging.


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