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EPA Says Part of Santa Fe|Superfund Site is Clean

WASHINGTON (CN) - The Environmental Protection Agency will remove 62 acres of the AT&SF Albuquerque Superfund Site in Albuquerque, N.M., from the National Priorities List.

The agency says all remedial clean-up actions have been completed and a five-year review of soil and ground water showed no contamination at the former wood-preserving plant.

The National Priorities List is the national register of sites polluted by industrial for which clean-up was mandated by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980.

The plant, in operation from 1908 until 1972, waterproofed railroad ties and bridge timbers with a solution of creosote and oil for use by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Co. Contaminated run-off from the plant was stored in an unlined pond on the site.

More than 23,000 tons of contaminated soil was removed from the site including 1,600 tons contain asbestos. The excavated area was covered with clean fill and a system of pipes and pumps were installed to keep out possible contamination from the 27 acres of the site that are still being decontaminated

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