USAF spends $125 million to clean up New Mexico jet fuel spill

The US Air Force (USAF) says it has spent $125 million so far cleaning up thousands of tons of soil and millions of gallons of water contaminated by jet fuel at a base bordering New Mexico’s largest city, reports the Associated Press.

Air Force Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Correll briefed Albuquerque water utility managers on the project at Kirtland Air Force Base during a meeting last week. The Albuquerque Journal reports Correll also reiterated the Air Force’s commitment to the clean-up. He said drinking water wells are tested monthly and no contamination has been found.

The fuel leak – believed to have been seeping into the ground for decades – was detected in 1999. While state and military officials say drinking wells are protected, community watchdogs are pushing for an independent review of the cleanup.