By Michael Gerstein, Santa Fe New Mexican
Feb. 3, 2020

Citizens groups, state lawmakers and three New Mexico residents who live near jet fuel contamination in Albuquerque have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Department of Defense, alleging a failure to adequately clean up pollution from Kirtland Air Force Base.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in New Mexico and asks a federal judge to order the Air Force to “abate and mitigate the endangerment.” It also seeks to recover legal fees, which have so far climbed to at least $10,000, according to the complaint.

A jet fuel leak was first discovered at Kirtland Air Force Base in 1999, according to the lawsuit.

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