Alert! Is it safe?

Editor’s Note: This is a reprint of Joni Arends’ letter to the Santa Fe New Mexican regarding the proposed rezone and development of land in Santa Fe that may be contaminated by radiation.

By JONI ARENDS, Executive Director of Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, the City Council will hold a special meeting to decide whether to rezone 22 acres of open space on South Meadows Road where Homewise is proposing to build housing. But I don’t believe Homewise has done its due diligence. If it did, it would know the abandoned Eberline/ThermoFisher red brick building on Airport Road, which borders the 22 acres, has not been cleaned up from decades of manufacturing radiation detection equipment. In fact, required investigations of possible contamination have not been completed. Recently, the New Mexico Environment Department Radiation Control Bureau ordered the company to take soil and water samples off-site. We are awaiting preliminary results. If Homewise did not do its due diligence, the City Council must. You can submit your written comments at For more information on the building, visit


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