EPA releases draft community involvement plan

The Daily Times staff
The confluence of Cement Creek, at right, merges with the Animas River, left, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, in Silverton, Colo.


FARMINGTON — A draft final Bonita Peak Mining District community involvement plan for Colorado and Utah has been released for public comment.

The plan focuses on Colorado and Utah, but the Environmental Protection Agency is also preparing a plan for New Mexico and for Navajo Nation.

The plan will serve as a guideline for how the EPA, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and Colorado Department of Health and Environment will keep interested people informed about the investigation and cleanup activities in the Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund Site, according to an EPA press release. The Gold King Mine spill in the district in 2015 led to the contamination of the Animas River and the San Juan River.

The community involvement plan calls for public meetings, community networking, briefings with elected officials and tribal consultations. Information will also be stored in repositories at the Silverton Library, Farmington Public Library, Durango Public Library and Dine College's Shiprock campus library.

Comments can be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through July 17. Written comments should be mailed to Cynthia Peterson, EPA community involvement coordinator, at 1595 Wynkoop Street (80C-PAI) Denver, CO 80202. Comments can also be emailed to peterson.cynthia@epa.gov.

The plan can be viewed online at semspub.epa.gov/src/document/08/1883580. Copies are also available at the Silverton, Colo., library at 1117 Reese St. and the Durango, Colo., public library at 1900 E. Third Ave.