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Carlisle Village Cleaners

Site Contact:
Alejandro Lara Jr.


Site Location:
Albuquerque, NM 87108

In June 2022, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Ground Water Quality Bureau (GWQB) identified a historical dry cleaner at the South Carlisle Shopping Village strip mall, located at the intersection of Carlisle Blvd SE and Simms Ave SE in Albuquerque, for further assessment. The former dry cleaners include Carlisle Village Cleaners.  The chemicals associated with historic dry-cleaning operations, including tetrachloroethene (PCE) and its breakdown chemical trichloroethene (TCE), have the potential to enter buildings through subsurface soil gas vapors.

In January 2022, NMED completed a Pre-CERCLA Screening report.  In July 2022, NMED completed an Abbreviated Preliminary Assessment, in which NMED collected subsurface soil gas vapor samples at the former dry cleaner. Laboratory results indicated the presence of PCE and TCE in soil gas. In August 2022, the NMED GWQB recommended the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) further assess potential soil gas vapor intrusion at the former dry cleaner and four additional commercial buildings within the strip mall and conduct additional sampling to identify the location and source of the chemicals.

Previous Activities

NMED/Site Assessment Activities recap

Pre-CERCLA Screening conducted by NMED January 2022

Abbreviated Preliminary Assessment conducted by NMED July 2022

Referred to Removal in August 2022

Reassessment conducted by EPA Site Assessment June 2023

Community Meeting hosted by NMED with EPA support September 2023

Residential Indoor Air and Crawlspace Air sampling by NMED October 2023

Sampling of subsurface soil and soil vapor by NMED November 2023


Removal Assessment Activities recap

Seven indoor sampling events conducted by EPA between September 2022 – July 2023

Installation of Air Purifying Units (APUs) by EPA November 2022

Sub-slab sampling and passive soil gas sampling conduct by EPA February & June 2023

Commercial Indoor Air and Sub-slab vapor sampling by EPA November 2023

2nd Community Meeting hosted by EPA with NMED support January 2024

Supplemental Assessment Sampling by NMED April 2024 

Diagnostic Testing by EPA March 2024


EPA and NMED Update - Carlisle

EPA is reviewing the diagnostic testing data and will use this data to determine the proper mitigation system needed to address the known and unknown exposure issues on site. EPA will also be using NMED's supplemental assessment sampling data to determine if residential homes outside of the study area require mitigation systems. 

If you have any questions regarding this process or need clarification, please feel free to contact me at my information below:

Alejandro Lara; email lara.alejandro@epa.gov (preferred); phone (214) 315-8185.


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