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Santa Fe Railyard

The Santa Fe Railyard is a 50-acre property located near Cerrillos Road and Saint Francis Drive in Santa Fe. The property has a history of mixed use, but has been mostly vacant for many years. In 1995, the City of Santa Fe purchased the property with the intent of redeveloping it. Present plans call for use to include residential and retail areas and a park, however, development of the property has been delayed by concerns about site contamination.
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has attempted to facilitate redevelopment of the Santa Fe Railyards by performing a number of Targeted Brownfields Assessment activities at the site. During the winter and spring of 1999, NMED performed an ASTM Phase I investigation for the northern portion of the site to help the City identify any environmental problems that might require additional evaluation. As a result of the Phase I, NMED prepared a Sampling Plan to sample soils across the site. The sampling plan was completed in March of 2000.  This site received a Certificate of Completion in February 2006 and a Covenant Not to Sue in March 2006.
 

Nine Mile Hill Landfill, Bernalillo County

The Nine Mile Hill Landfill is a 40 acre site located west of Albuquerque adjacent to I-40 at the Paseo de Vulcan exit. During the 1960s and 1970s, the site was used as a sanitary landfill for Bernalillo County. In the 1980s, after the site stopped accepting wastes; portions of the site were used to landfarm petroleum contaminated soils associated with leaking underground storage tanks. The property is presently owned by the Bernalillo County Environmental Department (BCEHD) whose wish it is to redevelop the site for light industrial use.  However, potential developers have failed to take interest in the site due to the potential for contamination to exist at the site.
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) performed on site activities funded by a Targeted Brownfields Assessment grant.  During the summer of 1999, NMED performed an extensive soil gas survey on the site using passive soil gas samplers.  Almost 100 soil gas samplers were installed and left in place for 10 days.  The results indicated that levels of contaminants were present at very low levels.
Since the soil gas survey was completed, BCEHD has entered New Mexico's Voluntary Remediation Program with the intent of obtaining a Certificate of Completion for soils at the site.  The site has was accepted into to the VRP and was issued a Certificate of Completion in October 2002.
 

ATSF-Raton

ATSF-Raton is a 113-acre railyard site in Raton. The site was purchased by the City of Raton with the intention of developing it into a park, however, site environmental issues were hindering development of the property.
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has attempted to facilitate redevelopment of the ATSF-Raton site by performing on site activities funded by a Targeted Brownfields Assessment grant.  During the fall of 1999, NMED performed an ASTM Phase I/II Environmental Site Investigation of the site.  As part of the investigation, NMED collected a limited number of soil and ground water samples.
Following NMED’s assistance, the City of Raton was able to determine that the site was safe for redevelopment.

   
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