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access_time April 4, 2014 at 12:46 PM in Culture by Charlie Grammer

Planned Atari dig in Alamogordo clears one hurdle

Did Atari really dump a ton of games into a New Mexico landfill?

Back in December we spoke about the rumor that Atari had buried games in a New Mexico landfill. It had turned out to be a true story and now three companies are planning to dig in an Alamogordo landfill in search of E.T., widely considered to be one of, if not the, worst video games ever made.

The New Mexico Environmental Department had to approve the dig first, however, and some were unsure whether they would. The project had been planned for a while, after all, but was held up for two reasons. The first was because the NMED determined that the initial plan was “too vague”. The second was due to a complaint by a resident in December. This complaint led to a recommendation by the NMED for further testing of the site.

The testing was necessary due to a 2004 study of the site. This study had found that “certain chemicals” exceeded the federal thresholds in the site. In the end, however, Brian Cesar, Director of Public Works for the city of Alamogordo, stated that the chemicals in question would not make somebody “drop dead”, but could indeed be hazardous “over a very extended amount of time”.

Today a letter has approved the dig, providing that the three companies in question, namely Xbox Entertainment Studios, LightBox Entertainment, and Fuel Entertainment, follow certain conditions. These conditions are actually pretty simple, with the first being that the NMED must be notified five working days before any excavation begins. The second condition is that any companies who haul the waste must register as certified or commercial haulers of waste with the NMED before they can remove any from the site.

Will the companies find any copies of the legendary game, or have people already cleared the landfill of its treasures?

Source: Alamogordo News


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