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EPA to Begin Sampling in Socorro County

posted Jul 15, 2015, 2:46 PM by Michael A. Hawkes   [ updated Jul 15, 2015, 2:55 PM ]
EPA to Begin Sampling in Socorro County Along Lopezville Road

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in conjunction with the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) are conducting a Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study (RI/FS) for the Eagle Picher Carefree Battery Superfund site (Site). A Remedial Investigation is an investigation to determine the extent of the contamination at the site and potential risk to the community. A Feasibility Study will examine and evaluate various remedial cleanup alternatives. The current RI/FS will focus primarily on collecting data to determine if any risk is present to residents from vapor intrusion. EPA plans to conduct the sampling in two phases. In the first phase EPA will be collecting external soil gas samples from approximately 40 locations near homes located along the groundwater plume area. The second phase will involve collecting indoor air and sublab soil gas samples. If, after the first phase, external soil gas data indicates no exposure risk from vapor intrusion, then sampling will end and EPA will not be implementing the second phase of indoor air and subslab soil gas sampling. If indoor air samples are required, EPA will be contacting individual homeowners to gain access for sampling. Indoor air sampling will require samplers to be left in homes for a period of 24 hours. Subslab soil sampling will require collection of samples underneath the home by drilling a small hole through the foundation.

In Socorro County, the Board of County Commissioners has granted access for sampling in public alleyways along Lopezville Road. 

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