- Associated Press - Monday, March 13, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - State environmental officials say tests have determined that two extraction wells near a Kirtland Air Force Base fuel leak in Albuquerque are capturing nearly all the contaminated groundwater.

The Albuquerque Journal reported (https://bit.ly/2mSHRYf) Sunday that Diane Agnew with the New Mexico Environment Department discussed the test results at a public meeting last week.

She says the extraction wells are capturing 99.5 percent of the contaminated groundwater and performing as expected.

The fuel leak had originated at a jet fuel facility at Kirtland and was first detected in 1999.

Since 2015, Agnew says 152 million gallons of groundwater have been extracted, piped to a facility on the military base and filtered through granular activated carbon tanks.

Some of the treated water is used to irrigate Kirtland’s golf course.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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