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Atari Excavation Gets a Greenlight

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E.T. might not be able to phone home just yet, but that doesn’t mean you should put away your Speak & Spell.

Last week, we reported that the excavation of an old landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico was stopped dead in its tracks due to not having an approved waste excavation plan in accordance with the state’s Environmental Department. The Daily Alamogordo News has just reported that the excavation has just gotten its latest waste excavation plan approved.

LightBox Entertainment, Fuel Entertainment and Xbox Entertainment Studios all plan on digging up parts of a landfill at the corner of First Street and White Sands Boulevard in Alamogordo in order to find a buried cache containing millions of E.T.: The Extraterrestrial Atari cartridges. Originally, the New Mexico Environmental Department deemed that the original excavation plan was too vague and didn’t account for the presence of any toxic, potentially hazardous, fumes or waste that could be unearthed during the landfill’s dig.

A study of the site in 2004 found chemical compounds in soil tests that could be hazardous over extended periods of time if a person was continuously exposed to them. The 2004 study was inspired by complaints of a resident who was living remotely close to the landfill. Better eBay any copies of E.T. you have now, because if that cache gets unearthed, the game’s value might drop by the addition of millions more, but who knows what kind of condition they would all be in.

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