March 8, 2019 – For this month’s installment of Our Land, environmental correspondent Laura Paskus travels to Socorro and a Superfund cleanup site where a plume of toxic groundwater from an old battery plant is seeping underneath homes. The Eagle Picher site has been a federally designated cleanup project since 2007, and the state has been aware of the problem since the 1980s. Paskus asks state officials about the holdup on one of the state’s 16 designated Superfund sites.
Cheri Lerew, Socorro homeowner
Sabino Rivera, New Mexico Environment Department