Top Air Force official discusses fuel cleanup

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A top Air Force official was in Albuquerque this week to talk about the cleanup plan for the Kirtland fuel spill.

Assistant Secretary Kathleen Ferguson got an in-depth tour of the fuel spill site and met with New Mexico lawmakers.

She says the Air Force has submitted its investigation report to the New Mexico Environment Department and expects a response this summer.

Once approval is received, the two agencies will work together on a cleanup plan.

Meanwhile, the base is moving forward with interim measures for the contaminated area.

More than 3 million pounds of hydrocarbons have been removed.

The final phase of the cleanup process should be in effect by the end of the year.

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