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Be involved in French Gulch mine waste decision

Rob CallawayBreckenridge

Hello French Gulch. How would you feel if the EPA and the Forest Service came to your home and notified you that there is a serious problem of dog droppings in your yard? That the only way that our government would address the issue would be to deposit additional dog droppings from other areas in your yard and then cover it up with dirt. That this was a one time and one time only offer, but an offer that had to be decided on right now? What would your response be? Well, this is happening, but not with dog waste. The EPA and the Forest Service want to make our neighborhood a dump for poison laden mine waste! They want to truck it in through our neighborhood and deposit this waste across from our homes. Massive trucks running up and down our streets carrying poison to be deposited where our kids play. What’s a little more mine waste? The EPA and the Forest Service say that they are only adding a small percentage of what is already there. That it will even somewhat improve an already bad situation. But that without this addition from the Claimjumper site they will do nothing to improve the Wellington/Oro site. Well gee, thanks! Our town council wants to hear what you think about the EPA’s proposal. They are the ones who stand between us and the heavy-handed proposed actions from the EPA and the Forest Service. If there is enough response from the citizens of French Gulch, then maybe the EPA will start to consider other options such as putting the Claimjumper waste in the landfill. And while they are at it, maybe a progressive comprehensive plan to address the serious issues regarding the Wellington/ Oro site. Please take the time to attend the meeting at the Rec Center next Tuesday when the EPA will be there to address your questions. Our town council will be eager to hear your thoughts and concerns the following Tuesday at the Breckenridge Town Hall. The issue really comes down to this, do you really want to have to explain to your children why you allowed the EPA and the Forest Service to make our neighborhood into a toxic litter box? Editor’s Note: Citizens will have at least a couple of more chances to ask questions about the plan. An EPA open house is scheduled for Tuesday, May 1, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Breckenridge Rec Center multipurpose room. Another public hearing with opportunity for comment will be held at the May 8 Breckenridge Town Council meeting.Editor’s Note: Citizens will have at least a couple of more chances to ask questions about the plan. An EPA open house is scheduled for Tuesday, May 1, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Breckenridge Rec Center multipurpose room. Another public hearing with opportunity for comment will be held at the May 8 Breckenridge Town Council meeting.


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