The Navajo Forest Products Industries (NFPI) site is located at the intersection of Walnut Avenue and Indian Service Route 12 in the town of Navajo, New Mexico within Red Lake Chapter, Navajo Nation.
The site was developed in 1958 as a sawmill that initially produced lumber, and later, particle boards. It operated from 1962 to 1995. The site is 103 acres in total. Most of the NFPI facility buildings have been demolished, but the former Drying Kiln Building is still standing. The former Drying Kiln Building is a large, deteriorating concrete building. It was used to dry processed lumber at the facility.
Navajo Nation EPA (NNEPA) representatives requested USEPA evaluate the site for an asbestos cleanup. In 2018 and 2019, EPA made multiple visits to assess the site’s condition, evaluate the stability of the former Drying Kiln Building and take asbestos samples. Sampling results showed asbestos was in the former Drying Kiln Building, debris across the site and debris piles from demolished buildings.
In coordination with NNEPA, USEPA is in the process of cleaning up the site. The cleanup is expected to be done in October 2021.