2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2011 20:54:34 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs; National Guard gun-cleaner in Las Cruces (NM)
National Guard gun-cleaner was pollution source at Solano site

By Diana M. Alba
Las Cruces Sun-News (NM)
March 27, 2011

LAS CRUCES - The National Guard's use of a gun-cleaning chemical for more than four decades at a former armory site off North Solano Drive is to blame for most groundwater pollution at a federally designated cleanup site, a city-county study found.

And, officials with the city of Las Cruces and Do-a Ana County said they're concerned the National Guard hasn't been forced to pay its share of the $15 million to $20 million remediation project.

The chemical perchloroethylene, or PCE, was used and dumped on bare ground at the former armory, on the northwest corner of North Solano Drive and East Hadley Avenue, according to a city-county investigation that included interviews of former guardsmen. The land - leased and owned by the National Guard between 1947 and 1990 - now is the site of a boxing gym and the city's new aquatics center.


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