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About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative

This nationally coordinated effort provides EPA and its partners with a process to return Superfund sites to productive use. Learn more at Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.

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Redevelopment at the Site

The 550-acre McGaffey and Main Groundwater Plume Superfund site is located in the City of Roswell, New Mexico. From 1956 to 1976, several dry cleaning businesses operated on South Main Street. These former businesses used perchloroethene (PCE) in their daily operations. In 1994, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) discovered contaminants in groundwater samples. Further studies linked the contaminated groundwater to the former dry cleaning operations. NMED performed immediate cleanup actions, including connecting affected residents to the public water supply. NMED also installed groundwater monitoring wells. In September 2002, EPA added the site to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL). EPA selected a cleanup plan in 2008 to address risks from chemical vapors entering buildings through the soil. The cleanup plan also aims to restore groundwater quality to drinking water standards. To date, EPA built a system to reduce chemical vapors in buildings. EPA also built a system to remove vapors from soil and a central treatment facility. The site’s cleanup program successfully controls human exposure to remaining contamination. Land uses at the site include commercial businesses, public services, residential areas and agricultural use. Commercial and municipal uses at the former dry cleaning properties continue.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2016, EPA had data on 12 on-site businesses. These businesses employed 98 people and generated an estimated $4,016,963 in annual sales revenue. View additional information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.

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