UNM School of Law Students Visit Española Superfund Site Questioning Status Of Clean Up And Contamination

 

 

Law students, city management, business owners, and citizens gathered this morning in historic downtown Española to tour the district that has been a designated by the EPA as superfund site. Photo by James R. Mountain/valleydailypost.com

 

ESPANOLA, NM – Law students, city management, business owners, and citizens gathered this morning in historic downtown Española to tour the district that has been a designated by the EPA as superfund site. Students and faculty of the UNM School of Law traveled via bus from Albuquerque to Española to tour the North Railroad Avenue Plume Superfund Site. Law students are calling into questions the EPA’s conclusion, “…that there is currently no known human exposure to contaminated ground water.”

The site was designated a superfund site in 2001 attempting to address the groundwater plume and its  contamination of the City of Española and Santa Clara Pueblo.

Background for the EPA’s website states:

“The 58-acre North Railroad Avenue Plume site is a contaminated groundwater plume in Española, New Mexico. The Norge Town laundromat and dry cleaning operation contaminated groundwater with tetrachloroethylene (PCE), trichloroethylene (TCE), cis-1,2-dichloroethylene (DCE) and trans-1,2-DCE. The contaminated groundwater aquifer is the sole-source drinking water aquifer for the City of Espanola, Santa Clara Pueblo and individual water supply wells near the site.  The population of Espanola is 10,224 people.  The Santa Clara Pueblo has a population of 2,400 people. 

The remedy consists of enhanced in-situ bioremediation.  The areas targeted for cleanup are the source area and hot spot soils and shallow groundwater contaminated with non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) chemicals, a dissolved phase plume in the shallow aquifer, and dissolved-phase plumes in several water-bearing zones in the deep aquifer.” Courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 

For more information click here North Railroad Avenue Plume Superfund Site.

 

Third year law student Mara Yarbrough (left) address those gathered for the tour alongside Xavier Martinez, Interim City Manager, and Sherry Aragon, City Library Director. Photo by James R. Mountain/valleydailypost.com