Gallup school district accused of illegal dumping

May 10, 2014 • State News

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Environmental regulators are monitoring the clean-up of what they say has been an illegal, toxic dumping ground in a Gallup school district.

KRQE-TV reports ( that the New Mexico Environment Department [auth] alleges the Gallup-McKinley County School District has been burying industrial equipment, chemicals and drums filled with powders and liquids behind a district building for years.

Benny Kling, a department investigator, says the state dug up the 35-foot-deep pit in 2012 but the investigation is not over.

Kling says the next phase of clean-up has been put on hold because the first-phase was expensive.

Officials say the clean-up cost for the district is at least $250,000.

District Superintendent Frank Chiapetti, who has been in the role for nearly a year, says he was not aware of the illegal dumping.

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