Belen residents want dumpsite filled with contaminated soil removed

Belen residents worry dumpsite is filled with contaminated soil_764566

People living near what is becoming an illegal dump are wondering when it will be cleaned up. 

Residents reported the dumping of tainted soil on Belen’s west mesa back in January and say it smells like oil.

The soil came from what was to become a new Domino’s Pizza in Belen that used to be a car dealership. 

The county says tests show the dirt is contaminated and they’ve ordered its removal. The company who dumped it there has been cited, but residents say the mess is still there. 

Residents have reached out again to the State Environment Department to see when it will be cleaned up. 

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