August 4, 2009

Local history vs. environmental cleanup

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The Colorado Independent writes today about a long fight by residents of Leadville, Colorado, to keep some of their superfund cleanup site looking well, authentically polluted. In 1997, EPA agreed to leave some of the tailings piles in the Leadville Mining District in place, diverting runoff around them. Problem is, the tailings are still leaching heavy metals into area water and putting downstream communities and wildlife at risk. This summer, the EPA announced it wants to renew the cleanup effort, and that renewed the old battle, writes Katie Redding.

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