Rose: EPA may assist Sands Dorsey demolition

Thomas Garcia

City officials may have found a source of funding to assist the city in the demolition of the Sands Dorsey building, said Tucumcari City Manager Bobbye Rose.

“We are excited that we are finally making progress on this issue,” said Rose.

Rose said the money to dispose of the hazardous debris in the burnt remains of the building may be available through the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA’s Brownfields Program supports the cleanup and revitalization of brownfields in local communities.

The EPA defines a brownfield as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.”

Rose said the city is applying for the Target Brownfields Assessment (TBA), which is a service the EPA provides to communities to support their brownfield projects.