Kirtland AFB to hold virtual meeting on jet fuel spill cleanup

Albuquerque News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Air Force will give another update on the jet fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base. The leak, first detected more than 20 years ago, contaminated both soil and groundwater. The base has been working for decades to clean it up but it’s been an extremely slow process. Thursday night’s meeting will be held virtually starting at 6 p.m.

Image Courtesy of New Mexico Environmental Law Center

According to a news release from the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, between five million and 24 million gallons of jet fuel remain underneath the ground in Albuquerque’s aquifer in a giant plume discovered in 1999. The plume is approximately 4,200 feet in length and as much as 1,000 feet wide; The jet fuel has contaminated the groundwater and is less than one mile from two groundwater wells used by Albuquerque residents, according to the news release.

To join the virtual meeting, visit ceschool.adobeconnect.com/afcec/. Those interested in attending will need to download the Adobe Connect software to join the meeting. You can also submit questions by emailing brannon.lamar@us.af.mil. 

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