Press Conference to Mark Milestone In Fuel Spill Cleanup At Kirtland Air Force Base, August 13, 2015

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich joins the U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and state, local, and military officials at Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) to mark the first time that contaminated groundwater associated with the Kirtland Bulk Fuels Facility leak has been extracted and treated, and to acknowledge the work of the teams involved in achieving this milestone. Last year, Senators Heinrich and Tom Udall and U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham secured key commitments from the Air Force to clean up the fuel spill at KAFB. Later, the Air Force outlined a specific plan to remove contaminants by installing several "pump and treat" extraction wells. The goal of the cleanup is to ensure public drinking water wells in the vicinity of the base remain safe for consumption, and that the plume is reduced in size and contaminants are brought within public health standards.