Federal study: Albuquerque wells safe for now

Posted at: 07/13/2013 2:41 PM
By: Mike Anderson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An independent federal assessment shows no contamination from an extensive jet fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base has reached Albuquerque's drinking water supply.

The team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also found that fuel vapors in and around the area of the spill are not likely to pose a threat to the public.

The Albuquerque Journal reports  that the team's findings were released Friday to local water protection officials.

A public meeting is planned later this month to present the findings.

Kirtland Air Force Base discovered a spill from a leaking underground fuel line in 1999.

Officials believe fuel had been leaking for decades.

In 2007, they discovered it had reached groundwater and was moving toward municipal drinking water wells.

  (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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