Slag Pile Cleanup At Colorado Smelter Superfund Site In Pueblo May Be Delayed

The Environmental Protection Agency may not have funding next year for a portion of the clean up at the Colorado Smelter Superfund site in south Pueblo.

This project targets toxic lead and arsenic left behind when the former smelter closed more than a century ago. 

The EPA poured additional funds into the $75 million project, fast-tracking soil cleanups at residential properties in the area. Contaminated soil has already been removed from more than 500 yards and replaced with clean landscape material. This work is slated to continue as planned.

But the smelter’s massive slag pile still needs to be dealt with.

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