June 20, 2014

"Water wells will close over any jet fuel contamination" – Albuquerque Journal

On June 18, 2014, the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority unanimously approved a resolution aimed at preventing contamination from a jet spill at Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) from threatening the community’s drinking water supply.  The resolution declares “The Water Authority’s position that ethylene dibromide (EDB) at any detectable level will not be allowed to enter the potable drinking water system.”

"State rejects plan to clean up KAFB fuel spill" – Albuquerque Journal

On June 6, 2014, the New Mexico Environment Department sent a certified letter directing KAFB to cease plans to increase pumping on one of the base’s drinking water wells to try to divert the underground flow of contamination. “The proposed strategy would actively enhance the spread of contamination into the very resource NMED seeks to protect, Albuquerque’s drinking water supply,” Environment Department official Tom Blaine wrote in “Disapproval of White Paper on Interim Measure for EDB Dissolved Plume