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NW Albuquerque MVD built on chemical plume, female workers transferred

Joy Wang
August 09, 2018 10:10 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – There’s a potential problem lurking below an MVD in northwest Albuquerque.

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The office, located on Eagle Ranch Rd, was built on top of a chemical plume of trichloroethylene, or TCE.

It can be harmful to unborn babies.

When state officials learned about the plume in late July, they let women employees transfer.

So how could this happen?

The state is blaming the developer, the Allen Sigmon Real Estate Group.

The state claims it wanted to work with Sigmon to make sure that property on Eagle Ranch was safe before anything was built.

However, they say Sigmon went behind their back.

He has a different story.

“The state never told us we shouldn't build and that it didn't follow the standards,” Lance Sigmon said. “I would never have put anybody's life at risk or any capital at risk.”

Sigmon said the company hired its own testing firm, drilled 10 holes didn’t find anything concerning.

“The results of the test were so low,” Sigmon said.

But environment department officials say those results failed state standards at that time.

Since then, those standards have become stricter.

Furthermore, officials say the state has to be involved in TCE testing and Sigmon's firm didn't properly collect samples in this case.

Now, more testing is being done at the site and this time, the state is involved.

“If something comes back and there's concern for anything, we're more than willing to remediate or take care of or fix or install what we need to do to ensure the safety of everybody there,” Sigmon said.

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