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French Gulch contaminated waste

Larry AugustynBreckenridge

Greetings to all who live in French Gulch, Gibson Heights, Vista Point and Wellington Neighborhood. If the EPA has its way, we will be bombarded with trucks hauling contaminated waste to be deposited in our back yards. I urge you to come to the meetings scheduled for next Tuesday, and also the Town Council meeting on May 8 to voice your opposition to this ridiculous proposal.The EPA wants to clean up a 35-acre parcel of land on the Claimjumper property and move the contaminated waste to the Wellington Ore site. This would require (based on information from the EPA) 800 trucks (yes, 800 trucks) hauling contaminated waste through our neighborhood. According to the EPA, that would not cause any risk to our health. Oh sure, I believe that.Eight hundred trucks, that is 800 one way. What about the return trip? Seems to me it figures out to be 1,600 trucks round trip. The EPA says they will sweep the streets after the hauling is complete. My question is who will repave the streets after 1,600 heavy, large trucks tear up our subdivision streets?As stated in Mr. Steven Way and Mr. Rick Newton’s letter on April 27, I quote: “As part of a separate project several years ago, a major study of the Wellington Ore mine impacts to French Creek … showed that existing waste rock at the site does not contribute significantly to the water quality problem from leaching.” The key word being “significantly” increases a danger to us, our children and pets?All this so some developer can earn millions of dollars for a new development. Why don’t they send this contaminated waste to the landfill? Because as the EPA stated, the landfill doesn’t want it. Why should we take it? So some already multi-millionaire can make a few more millions? I think not. Please voice your opinion.


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