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Suit Over KAFB Spill

Suit Over KAFB Spill

'At this point, a lot of promises have been made by the Air Force and the New Mexico Environment Department' -- Javier Benavidez, SWOP executive director

 The New Mexico Environmental Law Center has filed a notice of intent to sue with the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Secretary of Defense and the New Mexico Attorney General over the failure to implement productive measures toward cleaning up the massive Kirtland Jet Fuel Spill.
The letter was filed on behalf of clients SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP), New Mexico state Sens. Cisco McSorley and Mimi Stewart and four individual residents of Albuquerque. The letter announces plaintiffs’ intent to sue the U.S. Air Force over the glacial pace toward cleanup of the spill. The letter is a required by law to inform parties that they will be sued after 90 days.
“At this point, a lot of promises have been made by the Air Force and the New Mexico Environment Department,” said Javier Benavidez, SWOP executive director, “yet they continue to delay a serious cleanup process and keep failing to adhere to their own cleanup deadlines.
The community deserves for the Air Force to pull out all the stops, with real consequences, if deadlines are missed, he said.
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