By Scott Turner, Albuquerque Journal
May 31, 2019

Two organizations, three legislators and three individuals are threatening to sue the Air Force and the Department of Defense over the cleanup of jet fuel contamination at Kirtland Air Force Base.

The SouthWest Organizing Project, New Mexico Voices for Children, state Sens. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez and Mimi Stewart, state Rep. G. Andres Romero and three residents of the impacted area on Friday sent a notice of intent to sue to the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Department of Defense, asserting the Air Force has created an “imminent and substantial endangerment to health or the environment” resulting from the bulk fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base.

The notice was sent under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, a federal law that regulates hazardous wastes and requires the cleanup of hazardous chemical constituents.


“It is disappointing to see Kirtland Air Force Base fail to work with state regulators, environmental organizations and the public to ensure that our drinking water is safe,” Sedillo Lopez said in a news release. “I urge the leadership to take our concerns very seriously.”

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