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EPA finalizes interim record of decision for soils and indoor dust
EPA and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) finalized the early interim record of decision for the residential properties portion of Operable Unit 1 “Community Properties” after the close of the public comment period on September 15, 2017. The interim record of decision (i-ROD) documents EPA’s early interim action for soil removal and replacement to 18 inches below ground surface, as well as indoor dust cleanups where necessary.

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Public Participation Opportunities

Community Advisory Group Meeting:
Second Tuesday of each month, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Steelworks Museum
215 Canal St.
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.

Community Advisory Group meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month, from 5:30–7:30 p.m., at the Steelworks Museum, 215 Canal St., Pueblo, Colo.

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Community Resources

Fall/Winter 2016 Site Update (PDF) (2 pp, 750 K, About PDF)

In December 2016, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment created a Web page with a broad array of current site-related documents and meeting information. Please visit CDPHE’s site page:

In addition, the Pueblo City-County Health Department maintains a website to share general site information and details on their lead investigations program:

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Previous Public Participation Opportunities

EPA held a public meeting on August 9, 2017 to discuss the proposed plan for cleanup of the residential properties within Operable Unit 1, Residential Soils.

To receive past Community Advisory Group agendas or minutes, please contact Jasmin Guerra.

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