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File #: R-12-14    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 6/20/2012 In control: Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority
On agenda: 11/28/2012 Final action: 1/16/2013
Title: Protecting Albuquerque's Water Supply
Attachments: 1. R-14.pdf
BILL NO.            R-12-14            |
Protecting Albuquerque's Water Supply
      WHEREAS, Albuquerque has the largest underground contamination threatening any city's drinking water aquifer in the history of the U.S., now estimated at 24,000,000 gallons, more than twice the Exxon-Valdez spill; and
      WHEREAS, the Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico Environment Department, and other experts do not deny that a dissolved plume of the toxic chemical contamination from Ethylene Dibromide (EDB) may arrive at the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority's five Ridgecrest well number 5 within five years; and
      WHEREAS, The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry characterizes Ethylene Dibromide  (EDB) breakdown in ground water as "hardly at all"; and
      WHEREAS, a liquid plume of jet fuel (LNAPL) containing Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, Xylene and other toxic components is dissolving into groundwater and extends to a mile long and a half mile wide; and
      WHEREAS, Soil Vapor Extraction technology cannot remove the LNAPL to keep it from moving further toward Albuquerque's municipal drinking water wells; and
      WHEREAS, although the Air Force recognized the spill in 1997, there is still only poor understanding of the size, depth and rate of the expansion of the plume of contamination; and
      WHEREAS, there is no approved containment plan, no remediation plan, or ongoing effort to remove the liquid portion of the jet fuel (LNAPL) and the dissolved plume of EDB from Albuquerque's drinking water aquifer; and
      WHEREAS, the full size of the dissolved EDB plume is unknown and there are no monitoring wells close to the city wells; and
      WHEREAS, The City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County joint Water Utility Authority is the only governmental entity that can demand that the Air Force take action to implement treatment technology to save the City's highly productive Ridgecrest and other drinking water wells from the dissolved EDB plume:
      Section 1.      That in order to protect the public health and environment, the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County through its Water Utility Authority act immediately to enter into negotiations with the Air Force for emergency measures:
A.      To save Albuquerque's drinking water resource;
B.      To place groundwater monitoring as close as possible to the Ridgecrest municipal wells;
C.      To begin the investigation for technologies and installation of water treatment facilities for the wells including financial assurance;
D.      To halt the further movement of the liquid LNAPL jet fuel;
E.      To plan for and implement remediation technology to address the long-term contamination of soils and the aquifer.