The Bulk Fuels Facility is located in the north-western portion of Kirtland Air Force Base (AFB) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Facility and associated infrastructure operated from 1953 until 1999. During this time, the fueling area was separated into a tank holding area where bulk shipments of fuel were received and a fuel loading area where individual fuels trucks were filled. Kirtland AFB removed the facility from service in 1999 due to discovery of underground leakage.
Even though the fuel leak was identified by Kirtland AFB, the exact history of the leaks or releases is unknown. Releases could have occurred when fuel was transferred from railcars to the pump house. Initially, it was thought that the leak only affected surface soil around the identified
source area. Kirtland AFB learned through additional investigation activities conducted between 2004 and 2007 that the leaked fuel had reached the groundwater table.
Kirtland AFB installed the first soil vapor extraction unit in 2003 to begin treating soil contamination related to the fuel spill. Soil remediation continued from 2004 to 2007. Due to fuel being detected on the water table in December 2007 off Kirtland AFB, three additional vapor extraction units were installed at various points above the fuel plume.