EPA selects 50 polluted sites for stimulus money

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Washington (AP) - Fifty of the country's most polluted and hazardous waste sites have been picked by federal environmental officials to receive a half-billion dollars of stimulus money.

The sites in 28 states, including Colorado, were contaminated years ago by mining waste, lead smelters, and chemical releases. At half of the sites, cleanup stalled when the Environmental Protection Agency ran short of money.

The $582 million announced today will pay to excavate contaminated soil from hundreds of residential lawns and remove toxic mud from the bottom of New Bedford Harbor in Massachusetts.

And about $10 million to $25 million will connect 180 homes in North Dakota to public drinking water. The homes' wells were tainted with arsenic from bait applied to control grasshoppers in the 1930s and '40s.

In Colorado, the EPA will use $10 million to $25 million to build a water treatment plant at the Summitville site, a former gold mine near the New Mexico line. The agency will also use up to $5 million on mining cleanup and other work at Clear Creek, about 30 miles west of Denver.
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