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New Mexico: More wells needed to grasp uranium plumes

MILAN, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environmental officials say more wells are needed to measure uranium plumes in a major aquifer in western New Mexico.

The Gallup Independent the state Environment Department is asking federal authorities to collaborate with the state to ensure accurate measurement of a plume of uranium contamination leaving the Bluewater Disposal Site.

State officials are concern the full nature of the groundwater plume within the San Andres-Glorieta aquifer has not been defined because of the lack of a comprehensive monitoring well network.

Bernadette Tsosie, site manager at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Legacy Management, said the path of the San Andres-Glorieta aquifer plume remains 2 miles (3 kilometers) north of the nearest drinking water supply well.

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Information from: Gallup Independent,

Associated Press

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