New equipment to help clean KAFB fuel spill

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Kirtland Air Force Base is expanding its efforts, to clean up a massive aviation fuel spill that has contaminated groundwater.

The base has been using high-tech equipment for some time to fix the problem, which was first detected back in 1999.

Monday crews hooked up three additional wells to the system.

Officials say the new equipment will help pull more fuel vapors from an expanded area.

The large machine sucks the fuel vapor from the soil. It is then burned off.

Officials say crews are working to fix the problem as quickly as possible, and the new equipment will help them do that.

“We’re trying to take whatever course of action we can immediately in order to effect the overall remediation of the plume,” Jeff Lanning said. “The long term remediation is going to take many, many years.”

A study released last year shows the spill has not yet reached drinking water.

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