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New Mexico drafts plan to address Kirtland jet fuel contamination in 2016


ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — The New Mexico Environment Department has drafted a plan for 2016 that will guide cleanup of a massive plume of jet fuel at the edge of Albuquerque.

Cleanup began in earnest about two years ago. Tons of soil have been removed, and more than 16 million gallons of contamination have been extracted and treated since June.

The plan calls for the installation of more monitoring and extraction wells. The treatment system also would be expanded to 800 gallons per minute.

The public has through Jan. 15 to comment.

First detected in 1999, the leak at a fueling station at Kirtland Air Force Base was believed to have been seeping into the ground for decades. Estimates of the amount of fuel spilled have ranged from 6 million to 24 million gallons.

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