From this morning’s paper, an update on the Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel spill (sub/ad req.):
State regulators on Friday denied the Air Force a requested 45-day extension on a deadline to turn in plans to deal with a jet fuel spill threatening Albuquerque groundwater.
“Urgent action needs to be taken to address this threat to Albuquerque’s drinking water supply,” James Bearzi of the New Mexico Environment Department wrote in response to the request Friday afternoon.
As a compromise “in the interest of comity,” Bearzi’s letter granted Kirtland Air Force Base an extra 15 days to turn in plans for the next steps in dealing with the problem.
But in granting the extra time, Environment Secretary Ron Curry complained about repeated Air Force delays.
“We feel that there’s been sufficient time for them to respond,” Curry said in a telephone interview Friday afternoon.