Contractor removes contaminated soil from NM base

August 8, 2014 • State News

This image shows one of the jet fuel tanks at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. The fueling station was replaced with above-ground equipment in 1999 after the base uncovered an underground leak that resulted in millions of gallons of jet fuel finding its way in the soil and groundwater below the site. Contractors are removing contaminated soil and Air Force officials are working on a plan to clean up the groundwater. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Crews were busy excavating tons of soil from Kirtland Air Force Base on Thursday as part of a multifaceted, long-term effort to keep a huge plume of jet fuel contaminants from reaching some of the city’s drinking water wells.

The Air Force is under pressure from New Mexico environmental regulators and the agency that provides drinking water to the Albuquerque metropolitan area to step up its Login to read more

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