Superfund Site:

PAGANO SALVAGE
LOS LUNAS, NM

Superfund Site Profile

Site Contacts

Community Involvement Coordinator
Edward Mekeel
(214) 665-2252

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Site Location

Street Address:
UNKNOWN, LOS LUNAS, NM 87031

Background

The 1.25-acre Pagano Salvage site is located one mile southeast of Los Lunas in Valencia County, New Mexico, near the east bank of the Rio Grande. In 1983, Pagano Salvage purchased electric transformers/capacitors containing polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)-contaminated oil from Sandia National Laboratories, a U.S. Department of Energy facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Pagano Salvage removed the oil, poured it over insulated wire and burned off the insulation to recover the metal. The burning took place on unprotected ground at several locations. Following the site’s cleanup, EPA took the site off the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1992.

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