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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Crews working on an old Air Force fuel spill have found potentially cancer-causing chemicals beneath a southeast Albuquerque neighborhood, Kirtland Air Force Base announced. The New Mexico Environment Department said Friday that Air Force crews found the pollutant Perchloroethylene, or PCE, in water around 500 feet underground while installing test wells. However, officials say they don't believe the recently discovered pollutant is connected to a decades-old Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel spill... Read more: www.sfgate.com...
One estimate from the State of New Mexico puts the spill at 24 million gallons. Kirtland has estimated it between 2 and 8 million gallons.
Much of the leaked fuel had already seeped down through 500 feet of soil to settle in a layer a few feet thick on top of the groundwater. Now, the majority of that liquid fuel layer “is now trapped below the water table,” the Air Force said in its June report to the New Mexico Environment Department. As a result, the trapped fuel “will be an ongoing source of dissolved groundwater contamination indefinitely,” the Air Force report said.