EPA proposes to add Roswell to list of most dangerous hazardous waste sites

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE)- There are more pollution problems lurking underneath Roswell. Again, it’s from a source that people don’t really think about.

Now, the EPA could be doing something about it. The EPA is proposing to take on another huge cleanup job in Roswell.

The mess is from a couple long-gone dry cleaners.

The National Priorities List of Superfund’s sites is made up of the nation’s most serious uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites. The mess may be added to the list.

If these new locations are put onto the Superfund National Priorities list, they will receive federal funding for long term permanent clean up. The EPA says that these sites could make the list as soon as spring but could still take a few years to actually start the cleanup.

This underground plume of chemicals from dry cleaning businesses could contaminate the city’s soil and drinking water and while the city says its drinking water is safe for now. The plume needs to be dealt with before it’s too late.

This is a similar situation to the cleanup that happened in Roswell back in 2009 at a site located near Main and McGaffey. There was a two-mile long plume of chemical waste from other old dry cleaning businesses dating back to the 50’s.

The state’s environment department requested that the EPA declare this a Superfund site.

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