MCAS Yuma officials find contaminated soil after leak in fuel line
Military officials continue to investigate the extent and cause of a fuel line leak at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.
As of Wednesday, contractors on site have located contamination 20 feet below the ground at the initial discovery point. They have excavated nearly 1,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil.
Officials say the contaminated soil is being moved on to impermeable barriers at the clean-up site to prevent continued exposure to the ground and further transported to a hazardous material-approved landfill.
The leak was discovered last Tuesday on the bases's flightline.
Military officials are taking this incident very seriously. "Ensuring the safety of Air Station personnel and the local community is my highest priority. In order to do this, we are testing local water supplies on an ongoing basis to ensure safety compliance as well as working closely with our environmental clean-up teams to expedite the restoration and repair of the affected area," stated Col. Robert C. Kuckuk, MCAS Yuma Station Commander.
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