Kirtland Groundwater Remediation Topic of Brown Bag Talk

Kirtland AFBJames H. Davis, director of the New Mexico Resource Protection Division at the New Mexico Environment Department, will discuss the Kirtland Air Force Base groundwater remediation project at 12 p.m. Oct. 1 at the University of New Mexico School of Law as part of a brown bag lecture series.

Here is what Davis said about his talk: “The KAFB Bulk Fuel Facility Spill is the largest refined petroleum release in the state’s history. Best information indicates it may have started as early as the 1950s; it was discovered in 1999. The contamination has reached the regional aquifer that supplies Albuquerque’s drinking water, and while it is moving toward the Ridgecrest well field, no wells are directly threatened yet. Remediation will take several years, but this kind of environmental contamination does respond well to clean-up efforts. Work is being conducted by the Air Force under the direction of the New Mexico Environment Department, with authority under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the New Mexico Hazardous Waste Act.”

The talk will take place in Room 3406. Food and drinks will be provided talk and attendees are also invited to bring their own lunches.

The brown bag lecture series is sponsored by the UNM School of Law’s Natural Resources Program, the Utton Transboundary Resources Center and the Environmental Law Society.

September 26, 2012