FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Officials are seeking to have a former landfill east of Farmington removed from the federal government’s list of toxic waste sites.
The Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/NK7zIZ) that the 60-acre Lee Acres Landfill is a federal Superfund site on the National Priorities List of polluted sites nationwide.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the landfill was put on the list in 1990 after its lagoons ruptured and hazardous chemicals went into the ground.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which owns the land, will complete its second five-year review of the site this fall.
San Juan County officials say the biggest threat is whether a cap above the buried lagoon will keep surface water from polluting aquifers and contaminating drinking water.