2020 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2020 07:56:10 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] FUEL, COMMUNITIES: "Groups sue Air Force over Kirtland [AFB, NM] cleanup"
Groups sue Air Force over Kirtland cleanup

February 3, 2020

The Air Force insists it isn’t taking any shortcuts and is making progress in the cleanup of contamination caused by the decades-old jet fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base.

But groups, legislators and residents in the community don’t believe the Air Force is doing enough and that the cleanup is taking too long.

New Mexico Voices for Children, the Southwest Organizing Project, state Sen. Mimi Stewart, state Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, state Rep. G. Andrés Romero, and three residents of the impacted area filed a Complaint for Injunctive Relief in federal court Monday against the Air Force and the Department of Defense.

The Air Force discovered the leak, which occurred over decades, in an aviation fuel pipeline at Kirtland Air Force Base in 1999 and reported the leak to the state Environment Department. The fuel, which contained ethylene dibromide, had seeped into groundwater and a plume of EDB had spread off-base to the north, threatening public drinking water supplies.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director
Center for Public Environmental Oversight
A project of the Pacific Studies Center
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