EPA removes contaminated soil from New Mexico homesites
The houses are in an area of the Grants Mining Belt – a top uranium producer from the 1950s to the late 1990s – known as the Crossroads, which hosted uranium mines and two uranium mills in the past. As part of cleanup, the EPA had 6,900 cubic yards of contaminated soil removed and replaced on the properties.
Due to gamma radiation, large amounts of backfill were removed along with 4 to 6 inches of topsoil. Additionally, the EPA installed radon abatement systems at two of the homes where the agency found elevated radon levels.
“It is important that we address contamination that is too close to homes,” EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry said. “At EPA, we are working with our partners to make a visible difference in communities and provide everyone an environment where they can thrive.”