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Closed KAFB Landfills

General Information on the closed Kirtland Air Force Base landfills.

Contact Information:  KAFB Environmental Restoration, Suzanne Devergie, (505) 853-7213

Landfill (LF-001)

Location:  LF-001 is located in the northwestern area of Kirtland AFB, directly south of the main east-west runway for the base and Albuquerque International Airport. Southgate Avenue forms the northern and northwestern site boundaries, Ammo Road runs parallel to the eastern boundary, and an abandoned railroad grade forms the southern boundary.

Dates of Operation: Although disposal activities date back to 1951, the site was operated primarily between 1960 and 1975 as a trench-and-fill landfill.

Acres: 49

Estimated Amounts of Waste: The landfill contains an estimated 425,000 cubic yards of municipal waste and up to 175,000 cubic yards of construction and demolition debris.

Site Description: LF-001 is located in the northwestern area of Kirtland AFB, directly south of the main east-west runway for the base and Albuquerque International Airport. Although disposal activities date back to 1951, the site was operated primarily between 1960 and 1975 as a trench-and-fill landfill. The landfill contains an estimated 425,000 cubic yards of municipal waste and up to 175,000 cubic yards of construction and demolition debris. Field activities conducted at the site have included borehole advancement, soil gas and geophysical surveys, excavation of test pits, geotechnical analyses, and soil and groundwater sampling and analysis.

Current Status: Inactive, site currently in Long Term Monitoring                                               

 

Landfill 2 (LF-002)

Location: Landfill 2 (LF-002) is located between the Trestle Aircraft Testing Facility and Advanced Research Electromagnetic Simulator facilities to the north and the active channel of the Tijeras Arroyo to the south.

Dates of Operation: LF-002 operated between 1942 and 1965 as a trench-and-fill landfill.

Acres: 32

Estimated Amounts of Waste: The current volume of waste is estimated to be 1,321,700 cubic yards

Site Description: Landfill 2 (LF-002) is located between the Trestle Aircraft Testing Facility and Advanced Research Electromagnetic Simulator facilities to the north and the active channel of the Tijeras Arroyo to the south. Field activities have included borehole advancement, soil gas and geophysical surveys, excavation of test pits, geotechnical analyses, and soil and groundwater sampling and analysis.

Current Status: Inactive, site currently in Long Term Monitoring

  

Landfill 8 (LF-008)

Location:  Landfills 4, 5, and 6 (LF-008) is located on the northwestern region of Kirtland AFB and is bounded by the Tijeras Arroyo to the north and Power Line Road at about 150 feet to the west.

Dates of Operation: The City of Albuquerque and Kirtland AFB jointly operated Landfill 4 from 1964 to 1969 as a general refuse landfill and Kirtland AFB operated a section from mid-1960 through 1989

Acres: 67

Estimated Amounts of Waste: 2,346,000 cubic yards

Site Description: Landfills 4, 5, and 6 (LF-008) is located on the northwestern region of Kirtland AFB and is bounded by the Tijeras Arroyo to the north and Power Line Road at about 150 feet to the west. The site is made up of three former contiguous landfills (Landfills 4, 5, and 6). Based on flood plain maps, the site is not located within the 100-year flood plain. Field activities conducted at the site have included borehole installation, soil gas and geophysical surveys, excavation of test pits, geotechnical analyses, and soil and groundwater sampling and analysis.

Current Status: Inactive, site currently in Long Term Monitoring

 

LF-015

Location: LF-015 was located in the eastern portion of Kirtland AFB, approximately 500 feet east of former Lake Christian and south of the Manzano facility.

Acres: 1

Site Description: LF-015 excavation and closure activities occurred during June 15-28 of 2002. After investigations were complete, it was backfilled on October 5th 2002. Hazardous materials were transported off-base to approved disposal facilities.

Current Status: Closed. Hazardous material removed and Landfill Closed per NMED approval.  Granted NMED NFA Status, 2 Jun 2006

 

LF-020

Location: LF-020 is located on the eastern side of Kirtland AFB, near the western edge of the former Manzano Base.  A chain-link fence bounds the site to the north, Vandenberg Road to the east, and an unnamed service road to the south and west. 

Acres: 8

Site Description: LF-020 is located outside the fenced area in the southwest corner of the former Manzano Base area.  A chain-link fence bounds the site to the north, Vandenberg Road to the east, and an unnamed service road to the south and west. According to facility representatives, the area was first used for fire training and, later, as a disposal and open burning area for general refuse from the Manzano Base housing area.  Excavation activities indicated no waste or debris in the landfill. A human health risk evaluation results were below the target index.  Analysis of soil samples and soil gas were below EPA screening levels. 

Current Status: Closed. Granted NMED NFA Status 21 Sep 2005

 

LF-044

Location: LF-044 is a 9-acre site located in the northwest corner of Kirtland AFB, approximately one-quarter mile northwest of the Trestle Facility and immediately south of the former Kirtland AFB Sewage Lagoons. The site is bounded by the fence surrounding the former sewage lagoons on the north, an abandoned railroad spur on the west and south, and Trestle Tow Road on the east.

Dates of Operation: Used for construction debris until 1988

Acres: 9

Estimated Amounts of Waste: Exact number unknown. All hazardous materials removed from landfill

Site Description: Asbestos containing materials were removed and transported to an approved off-site location and an excavator was used to remove large demolition debris concrete, etc.

Current Status: Closed. Granted NMED NFA Status, 17 Jul 2007

 

LF-056

Location: LF-056 is located adjacent to Lovelace Road in the southeast part of Kirtland AFB. The site is located north of the Coyote Arroyo, adjacent to the southwest comer of the former Manzano Base area.

Dates of Operation: 1950s-1970s

Acres: 4

Estimated Amounts of Waste: 40 cubic yards removed.

Site Description: Used mostly as construction debris landfill. Excavation activities occurred Jan 15-22 2003. LF-056 was backfilled with soil on May 5-12, 2003. The solid waste consisting of metal debris, asphalt, concrete, ceramic debris and glass were removed from the landfill. All waste and debris were removed from the site.

Current Status: Closed. Granted NMED NFA Status, 3 Aug 2005