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TOWN — ARE NOW OLD LANDFILLS BURIED (IN TOWN. THEY )RE SCATTERED THROUGHOUT ALBUQUERQUE — RIGHT IN BUSY NEIGHBORHOODS. AND THE CITY IS STILL TRYING TO CLEAN THEM UP. NEWS 13) S MADELINE SCHMITT IS LIVE NEAR THE SUNPORT — THE SITE OF ONE OF THOSE OLD DUMPS — MADELINE. MADELINE. DEAN, THE SHERATON BY THE SUNPORT… SITS RIGHT ON TOP OF A LANDFILL THAT OPERATED FROM 1948 TO 1965. BUT THE CITY SAYS THERE) S NO NEED TO PANIC IF YOU LIVE OR WORK NEXT TO ONE OF THESE. THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE THAT WE KNOW TODAY… …NATS: HORN HONKING/CARS DRIVING… IS NOTHING LIKE IT WAS 20 YEARS AGO — LET ALONE 50.. …Mark DiMenna/Environmental Health Dept. “That, at one point, was the outskirts of town and now everything has sprouted up around it”… LANDFILLS IN THOSE ONCE-DESOLATE PARTS OF TOWN… ARE NOW UNDERNEATH OR VERY CLOSE TO BUSTLING BUSINESSES… NEIGHBORHOODS. EVEN THE SUNPORT. …NATS: PLANE LANDING… THE CITY SAYS IT )S BEEN WORKING DILIGENTLY TO MAKE THESE CLOSED- DOWN DUMPING SITES, SAFE. SOME HAVE ALREADY REACHED THAT STANDARD. ABOUT NINE OTHERS ARE STILL IN THE WORKS.

AND IT) S NOT AN EASY PROCESS. REGULATIONS OF YESTER-YEAR PALE IN COMPARISON TO TODAY) S ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS. …Mark DiMenna/Environmental Health Dept. “Especially these old ones that weren’t )t lined or anything to do any kind of control. Back at the time when these were in operation, all kinds of stuff got thrown in the trash without a second thought”… THE BIGGEST DEFUNCT LANDFILL IN THE CITY… IS THE LOS ANGELES. ALTHOUGH MANY LIKELY KNOW IT AS THE EMPTY LOT USED BY R-V) S DURING BALLOON FIESTA. …Mark DiMenna/Environmental Health Dept. “We have some definite known issues here. It was in operation recently enough that there) is still quite a bit of methane still coming out of it and risk for it to migrate underground and offsite, so methane removal and monitoring and then destruction”… SO HOW DO WE FIX THEM — AND FUND FIXING THEM? G-O BONDS THAT VOTERS DECIDE ON EVERY OTHER YEAR IS ONE MEANS OF the work that) is done every year, there) is roughly 400 thousand dollars in operating costs, and then a similar amount to pay for the staff that does the actual work”…

Hidden in plain sight: City Spends Thousands On Remediation Of Old Landfills

ANOTHER WAY…..NATS: GARBAGE CAN “”… FEES TUCKED INTO YOUR GARBAGE BILL….Mark DiMenna/Environmental Health Dept. “There is an ongoing cost to make sure something somebody used decades ago is causing problems for us today”… THE CITY SAYS IT COULD TAKE DECADES TO FINISH DEALING WITH THESE LANDFILLS. WORKERS ARE CONSTANTLY MONITORING THE SITES TO MAKE SURE THEY DON) T THREATEN THE GROUNDWATER. DEAN, BACK TO YOU. OKAY MADELINE. OF COURSE THE TRAPPED METHANE IS A FIRE DANGER. FOR A LINK TO THAT MAP OF THE CLOSED-DOWN LANDFILLS — HEAD TO KRQE DOT COM. IT) S AN ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN.