Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) – Nuclear Weapons Storage
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Department of Defense (DOD) Facility
Aquifers and the Rio Grande Basin provide drinking water for Central New Mexico.
KAFB has also contaminated Albuquerque’s drinking water aquifer with 8 million gallons of jet fuel from underground pipes that leaked for many decades. The groundwater is contaminated with benzene, toluene, ethylene dibromide (EDB), ethylbenzene and xylenes. EDB is a carcinogen, is toxic at any level, and can travel deeper and separately into the groundwater.
In 1992, the Kirtland Underground Munitions Storage Complex (KUMSC) was activated at KAFB. The KUMSC is the largest storage facility for nuclear weapons in the world. Today there are over 2,000 nuclear weapons still stored at KUMSC awaiting dismantlement at DOE’s Pantex facility near Amarillo, TX. Nuclear weapons are moved by air through the Albuquerque Sunport and by truck.
PERMITS FOR KAFB
Kirtland Air Force Base (DoD Hazardous Waste facility)
and Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute