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EPA highlights ongoing activities at Colorado Smelter site in Pueblo, Colo.

Removal activity at Benedict Park begins the week of December 11, 2017

EPA will clean up the eastern play area in Benedict Park, where soils a foot or more beneath the surface have elevated levels of arsenic. The contamination does not present an immediate risk to park users, because it is covered by 12–18 inches of gravel. EPA has determined that it is best to remove soil from this area to ensure long-term protection from future erosion or upward movement of contaminated soils during freeze-thaw cycles. The play area cleanup will involve the removal of the pea gravel, testing, removal and replacement of approximately 12 inches of soil beneath the gravel, placement of a geotextile or other barrier, placement of new pea gravel, and the replacement of the existing playground equipment. This should take approximately 1-2 weeks.

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Public Participation Opportunities

Community Advisory Group Meeting:
Second Tuesday of each month, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
1241 E. Routt Ave.
Pueblo, CO 81004

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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., in 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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