Lincoln Park/Cotter Mill superfund site update: Trichloroethene is spreading in the groundwater around the site

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From (Joe Dominguez):

It was reportedly found in tests taken at the Shadow Hills Golf Course late last year but just reported to Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment. Cotter had been negotiating for the past few years with state health department officials on how to deal with contaminated ground water. That contamination was uranium found decades earlier. Some residents believe it’s time for someone else to take over…

“I think it’s going to take the federal government because it’s such a big mess,” said [Ethan McClaugherty]…

The main argument between the state and Cotter leaders that has slowed down the plan is how to deal with cleaning up contamination. Cotter wants to use a slower less expensive method while RAP leaders suggest cycling that contaminated water through pumps and machines and putting it back into the ground. This new development could delay those negotiations again. Cotter will now have to do more tests on ground water to determine how widespread the TCE problem is and where it is originating from. No timetable has been set for how long Cotter has to get those answers for the state.

More Lincoln Park/Cotter Mill superfund site coverage here.

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