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COLORADO SMELTER
PUEBLO, CO

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Announcements and Key Topics

EPA is announcing a new funding strategy to advance and expedite cleanup of the site. The strategy will provide annual funding of up to $15 million, more than double the amount originally budgeted, to expedite the completion of residential cleanups and remove lead at properties in the Bessemer, Eilers, and Grove neighborhoods. As a result, EPA estimates residential cleanups will cost $75 million and will take four to six years to complete, instead of the ten-year or more timeframe originally estimated.

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EPA and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) signed the interim Record of Decision (i-ROD) for residential soils and indoor dust cleanups on September 26, 2017. In late 2017, seven additional indoor dust cleanups were completed under this decision document for a total of 34 indoor dust cleanups to date. Outdoor cleanups for soil removal and replacement up to 18 inches below ground surface are scheduled to begin in early 2018.

Benedict Park was cleaned in December 2017, which included soil removal and new pea gravel replacement.

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Public Participation Opportunities

Community Advisory Group Meeting:
Second Tuesday of each month, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
NeighborWorks Southern Colorado
1241 E. Routt Ave.
Pueblo, Colo.

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Community Advisory Group

On September 9, 2014 the Colorado Smelter Community Advisory Group was officially formed. This group is an independent, non-partisan group consisting of a balance of diverse interests affected by and concerned about the site and the cleanup process. The overarching goal of the group is to have an effective cleanup completed by 2019.

The group defines an effective cleanup as:

  • Not causing unacceptable health risk to residents or animals, regardless of their age or desire to play in the parks, garden in their yards, or dig for pirate treasure in the neighborhood.
  • Restoring the habitat and preventing future ecological risk.
  • Promoting the economic vitality of the neighborhood.
  • Preserving the historical structures and integrity of the neighborhood.
  • Limiting personal liability related to the smelter remediation.

The community advisory group is designed to assist in achieving this goal of an effective cleanup by 2019 by:

  • Providing input to EPA and other government entities that play a role in the cleanup to improve decision making for all.
  • Sharing information, ideas, and concerns.
  • Serving as a conduit to the larger community.

The Community Advisory Group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30–7:30 p.m. in Pueblo, Colorado.

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Community Resources

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) also maintains a site web page with a broad array of current site-related information, including CAG meeting minutes and handouts. Please visit CDPHE’s site page:

The Pueblo City-County Health Department (PCCHD) maintains a website to share general site information and details on their lead investigations program. The lead program offers healthy home lead screening and blood-lead testing at no cost to those living within the Superfund study area and at low cost to Pueblo residents outside the site study area:

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