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The cleanup of contamination caused by a long abandoned battery plant just north of the Socorro city limits – expected to take two to three decades once underway – has been put on hold due to a lack of federal funding.
And that comes after the Environmental Protection Agency declared the closed Eagle Picher Carefree Battery Plant a Superfund site 12 years ago.
“EPA Region 6 has not received any Congressional funding for the Eagle Picher site,” EPA spokesperson Jennah Durant told the Journal. “The federal budget and available funds affect the pace, scope and duration of fund-financed cleanups. In a given fiscal year, the Superfund construction budget is typically insufficient to pay for both ongoing cleanup projects and all the new shovel-ready projects.”