This site is a former wood treating plant located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the Rio Grande and the Rio Grande Valley State Park are located approximately one mile to the west. Wood products treated included railroad ties, bridge timbers, and fence posts. The preservatives at the Site were typically straight creosote, and a creosote and oil mixture. Creosote is a very complex mixture of numerous organic compounds known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and many PAHs are considered carcinogenic substances. Additionally other compounds were utilized during the plant operations that included drying agents or weed control that contained zinc chloride, copper and arsenic. Washdown waters, spills and leakage were disposed of in an unlined impoundment covering approximately 3.4 acres.
In July 1990, approximately 8,250 tons of creosote-contaminated soil and debris were removed. The State of New Mexico and Department of the Interior - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are trustees for natural resources injured by releases at the site.
Whitfield Playa Restoration, Credit: USFWS