Regional
5:41 pm
Sat July 13, 2013

Feds: Albuquerque Water Safe Now

An independent federal assessment shows no contamination from an extensive jet fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base has reached Albuquerque's drinking water supply.

The team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also found that fuel vapors in and around the area of the spill are not likely to pose a threat to the public.

The team's findings were released Friday to local water protection officials.

A public meeting is planned later this month to present the findings.

Kirtland Air Force Base discovered a spill from a leaking underground fuel line in 1999. Officials believe fuel had been leaking for decades. In 2007, they discovered it had reached groundwater and was moving toward municipal drinking water wells.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.