Neighborhood Could Get Plume Test Results, Cleanup Plan

This map shows the extent of TCE contamination in the groundwater, as measured from monitoring wells. Other toxic dry cleaning chemicals—PCE and DCE—are also present in the plume, but are not included in this map. RASHAD MAHMOOD-PUBLIC HEALTH NEW MEXICO

This map shows the extent of TCE contamination in the groundwater, as measured from monitoring wells. Other toxic dry cleaning chemicals—PCE and DCE—are also present in the plume, but are not included in this map.
Credit Rashad Mahmood, KUNM

  • Victoria Edwards
  • Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The state Environment Department is expected to talk about chemical testing and cleanup efforts for a decades-old chemical spill in the heart of Albuquerque on Tuesday. The Laun-Dry Supply Company spill is on a neighborhood meeting agenda.

The chemical distribution business leaked toxic solvents near downtown Albuquerque over the course of several decades. NMED is expected to present results from testing in homes where people might be breathing in toxic gases from the spill.

Many people in the Wells Park neighborhood didn’t know about the plume until last year. Mark Horst, the neighborhood association president, says he’s frustrated that Laun-Dry has taken so long to address the issue. The cleanup phase hasn’t started, yet.

For 10 years,” he said, “Laun-Dry has been in assessment mode, so we’re eager to see them move into the cleanup phase.”

NMED will be presenting testing info and Laun-Dry Supply’s cleanup plan to the Wells Park Neighborhood Association. Community members, Horst adds, are eager to get the results of the testing that happened over the winter.

The meeting is Tuesday June 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Wells Park Community Center on Fifth Street and Mountain in Albuquerque.

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