Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Violations to Cost Las Vegas.(Journal North)

Byline: Wren Propp Journal Staff Writer

Landfill Fines Near $300,000

The state Environment Department slapped Las Vegas, N.M., City Hall with fines adding up to nearly $300,000 this month over a failure to monitor ground water and other violations at a landfill closed by the department in 1999.

Called one of the "worst landfills in the state" in 1991 by the Environment Department before it was finally closed years later, the site is on an active but "ephemeral" watercourse that discharges into the Gallinas River a mile and half away, according to departmental documents.

Messages left requesting comment by city officials were not returned Tuesday. …

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