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Superfund site gets contractor

By Tribune Staff
December 10, 2004
The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway has hired TRC, an environmental engineering company based in Connecticut and with offices in Albuquerque, as supervising contractor for cleaning up an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site in the South Valley.

The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, the railroad’s predecessor company, operated a railroad-tie wood treatment plant from 1908 to 1972 at the site, 3300 Second St. S.W.

The plant was dismantled in 1972, leaving soil and groundwater with creosote and other contaminants, according to the EPA, which has said the cost of cleanup could be as much as $64 million.

Riaz Ahmed, TRC’s project manager for the site, and Matt Hiatte, spokesman for Burlington Northern, said Thursday it was too soon to say how much the cleanup would cost or when the work would begin.

“There is no contract amount,” Riaz said, adding that “work on the design phase hasn’t started.”

Hiatte said work plans have been submitted to the EPA.

Both men said investigatory work to determine the degree of contamination began at the site in 1985. The site was placed on the EPA’s National Priorities List in 1995.

A settlement agreement was reached by the railroad, the EPA and the state in September, specifying that the railroad would pay all costs for the cleanup and pay New Mexico and the U.S. Department of the Interior $1.1 million for injuries to migratory bird habitat and groundwater resources.

TRC, according information at its Web site – www.trcsolutions.com – also is working on the cleanup of a waste-oil facility Superfund site in Maine, a hazardous waste dump Superfund site in California and a petrochemical company Superfund site in New York state.


Railyard Worker Commemorative Plaques. Honor a loved one who worked on the railroad, honor a WHEELS volunteer or honor the WHEELS Museum. WHEELS is now selling plaques with name plates for $100.00 per name.  Keep the memory of these people alive in perpetuity with a gorgeous wooden plaque with brass name plate. Thank those who made our city and state successful, built the railroad, continue to work to preserve our history and create our future. The plaques will be displayed in the Community Room at WHEELS.

Contact Paulette Miller Weir who is graciously supporting the project and has volunteered to orchestrate this work. Her phone number is (505) 227-3270.  Please send checks for $100.00 per name and a few other words such as dates of birth or death or job held to WHEELS Museum, PO Box 95438 Albuquerque, NM 97199 or contact Ms. Miller Weir for any questions.  We can also accept credit cars payment by calling WHEELS-6269.

June 24, 10 - Noon, “LEGO Club Meeting”. See how LEGOS become vehicles, houses, bridges, animals and view amazing Lego displays. Learn how to build with Legos and meet Lego Masters. Space is limited.  Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Call Leba at (505) 243-6269  or email to Leba4@aol.com.. Admission is free, donations are encouraged.

July 1, 1-2 pm, "Strings and Sings" Robin Howard in concert. “Strings and Sings” is a solo project of singer/songwriter Robin Howard. Robin covers all popular styles of music including Country, Classic Rock, Folk, Blues, and even original tunes. His music has earned him both praise and support from local musicians in Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado. RSVP:505-243-6269 or email to Leba4@aol.com. Fee: $ 10.00

Do you have a few hours each month to help the Wheels Museum? Volunteers are needed so the Museum can be open more; run the model railroad trains, also help needed with events, marketing, fund raising. Call Leba Freed at (505) 243-6269.