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Dec, 3 First News: Oil leak not moving fast (Listen)
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Reports from Albuquerque say the massive oil spill beneath Kirtland Air Force Base may be farther away from drinking water supplies than previously thought. The Air Force says its latest test results indicate that it may take decades for the contamination to reach the nearest city water well. But according to the Albuquerque Journal, city officials want the cleanup to go ahead as quickly as possible. The jet fuel leak may be as big as 24 million gallons. It was first discovered in the late 1990s.

PNM says it has no choice but to move forward with planning to meet EPA's requirements for pollution reduction at the San Juan Generating station. It could cost upwards of a billion dollars. EPA had granted more time for PNM and the state to come up with alternative proposals, but the clock ran out last week. PNM says it still hopes to reach an agreement with the government that would cost less and be easier to put in place.

Here in Santa Fe, crews are beginning to work on a project to improve areas along the river. They say there could be some disruption along parts of the river as they build new walkways and other improvements that include storm-water management features. Parking along East Alameda may be disrupted by the work.

The issue of jaywalking comes up for more discussion at today's meeting of the city council's finance committee. They'll be talking about adding a mandatory court appearance for people caught jaywalking. There's been a number of cases of pedestrians being hit while crossing streets.

Cases of whopping cough in New Mexico are continuing to rise, and the state health department is launching a campaign to raise awareness about the disease. Over the past year, the number of cases of pertussis has risen by nearly three times - up to more than 700 cases so far this year. Two children have already died from whooping cough this year. One was from Bernalillo, the other from San Miguel County, It's a contagious bacterial disease that attack the respiratory system.

About a third of the workers have been laid off at the troubled peanut butter processing plant in southeastern New Mexico. The Sunland company's products have been linked to salmonella outbreaks that sickened more than 40 people in 20 states. The company had hoped to resume operations last week but the food and drug administration suspended Sunland's authorization because of repeated safety violations.

Workers at the Bernalillo County Clerk's office have reportedly found a number of ballots that were not counted before the final election results were tabulated. There were no close races in the county so the 125 newly discovered ballots won't affect any of the outcomes. But they'll be counted and added to the totals, as the county clerk investigates what happened.

Weather: Some clouds this week, but otherwise mostly sunny. Highs will continue in the 50s. No precipitation in sight until possibly the weekend.
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