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Water authority criticizes new plan to clean Kirtland fuel spill

KOB.com Web Staff
March 21, 2018 10:15 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority has expressed concerned a new plan to clean up Kirtland Air Force Base's massive underground jet fuel spill.

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The fuel leak, first detected in 1999, spilled millions of gallons of fuel into the ground. The New Mexico Environment Department says efforts to pump out the contamination have led to 350 million gallons of groundwater treated so far.

But the water authority says a new plan presented Wednesday night is irresponsible. Spokesman David Morris said it focuses too much on exploring other cleanup methods, including some that may not work.

"This strategy represents a much less aggressive approach than we had been lead to believe was going to be the priority moving forward," he said.

The environment department and the air force will discuss their plan with the public during a meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the African American Performing Arts Center.

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